Germany and France offer significant potential for Irish tourism, according to a new strategy unveiled by Tourism Ireland. The launch was attended by tourism businesses from around Ireland - including Gary Gorman of Exploring Vacations.
Tourism Ireland’s new three-year plan, Germany and France - A Strategy for Growth, sets out challenging and ambitious targets which will see the number of German and French visitors to the island of Ireland grow to 1.1 million by 2016, delivering revenue of €602 million for the economies north and south.
As much as €1.25 billion is available to the Government under the EU Horizon 2020 programme so that key research projects can be carried out over the next seven years presenting “great opportunities” for third level colleges, including Athlone Institute of Technology, and businesses in the Midlands, according to MEP for Midlands-North West Pat The Cope Gallagher.
EU Horizon 2020 programme, which is worth €80 billion between the period 2014 to 2020, supports research and innovation activities in the areas of new technologies including agriculture, food, transport, health, energy, marine, and environmental services.
Fourteen new jobs are to be created in Athlone, with the news that Mixgreens, the healthy fast food franchise is to open its fifth restaurant on April 15 in the Athlone Towncentre.
The healthy fast food restaurant franchise was launched by Galway chef Kieran Nolan in 2012 and since its inception the business has launched five restaurants in Ireland and won a major business award in 2013.