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Conference highlights vital role played by Local Authorities in developing Tourism

The local government sector is hosting a national tourism conference entitled ‘Collaborate Locally to Compete Globally’ on 29th and 30th March in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.


Supported by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS), the conference will hear from a number of key speakers, including Jim Deegan, Professor of Tourism at Limerick University, Raymond Coyle of Tayto Park, Paul Kelly from Fáilte Ireland, David McLoughlin of the Wexford Opera Festival and Simon Kay of Center Parcs.

This event will highlight the significant Irish success stories in tourism, share key learnings, and highlight the role of local authorities in facilitating this success. The Irish tourism market is supported by very targeted and active participation by local government and in partnership with a number of government agencies, who work very positively on national, regional and local initiatives.

Between 2011 and 2016, the local government sector leveraged a total capital investment of €170.9 million in tourist attractions, with €73.3 million of this investment made by local authorities, while the matching €97.6 million capital was made by other stakeholders (e.g Fáilte Ireland, DTTAS). This supported 259 attractions and plans are advancing for a further 121 new tourism products.

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