Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new tourism policy, ‘People, Place and Policy - Growing Tourism to 2025’, saying it will benefit tourism in the Midlands.
“The new policy launched this week by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, targets €5bn in revenue from 10 million overseas visits by 2025. This commitment is good news for the Midlands which has so much to offer to tourists and depends so much on this sector,” said Deputy McFadden.
She highlighted the Athlone-Mullingar cycleway as a project that will be of particular benefit to the region.
“The Government is very committed to tourism growth as part of its plan to spread the economic recovery to all regions of Ireland. The €4m investment to develop an off-road cycleway/walkway route between Athlone and Mullingar is clear evidence of this commitment. This Greenway undoubtedly will be of major benefit to local economies along the route when it opens later this year.
“There are countless businesses in this region that depend on tourism and it is a key target area for this Government in terms of creating jobs in the regions,” said Deputy McFadden.