After €564,000 was this week approved by Fáilte Ireland for regional festivals and events, Senator Hildegarde Naughton, Galway – South Mayo constituency has said that she is pleased that a considerable portion of the investment in tourism has been allocated to counties along the Wild Atlantic Way.
This news comes after nearly €2.3 million was already allocated for larger festivals this year and will prove a welcome boost to local economies in Galway and Mayo.
On the importance of the Wild Atlantic Way, Senator Naughton said the route has already proven a success with summer tourism numbers up 10 per cent last year in Galway.
“This 2,500 kilometre trail, with over 1,500 attractions has proved a strong draw with continental tourists in particular and must continue to be supported. I am sure that this announcement of financial support to 105 festivals along the route will prove hugely beneficial in attracting additional visitors”
“All the experts agree that tourism plays a vital role in rural and regional economic activity. It is also clear that most of the earnings from the tourism industry stay within Ireland. Tourism is also a very sustainable industry and is capable of providing jobs to our people at every skill level. It is, therefore, a vital industry for rural Ireland and must be supported at all costs.”
In conclusion, Senator Naughton said that the announcement of funding for events up and down the West Coast is very much to be welcomed.
“While 105 projects along the Wild Atlantic Way are to receive funding, the important point is that this funding is really for communities. With the economy improving rapidly, the economic benefits must be spread evenly throughout the State. Tourism is a hugely sustainable way of doing this,” she concluded.