Sligo's city centre tourist office will not be re-opening this year. The shock news has been greeted with astonishment locally at a time when the sector is desperately trying to recover in the wake of the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions.
The Sligo Champion understands that Failte Ireland has taken the decision not to re-open the tourist office on O'Connell Street until March 2021.
A spokesperson for Failte Ireland said: "Since the Covid-19 crisis began, Fáilte Ireland has been relocating staff in order to effectively meet the needs of the tourism industry at this time of deep crisis.
"Our primary objective is to assist the industry to successfully re-open and rebuild. In this regard, and given the low demand for Tourist Information Centre services, the Sligo TIC will temporarily remain closed. This will allow our staff to assist with the administration and delivery of a number of significant trade support initiatives including the Adaptation Grant Scheme announced last week TICs primarily cater for international visitors.
"With minimum overseas visitors in Ireland this summer we know that the demand for the service will be very low.
"To provide domestic visitors with access to up-to-date local information during their stay TIC staff will continue to provide local content inputs to the new discoverireland.ie website.Keeping the Sligo TIC temporarily closed is balanced with the need to apply our resources to essential trade support programmes."