Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Questions (191)

Bernard Durkan


191. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which business and winter tourism can be explored with a view to maximising growth under various headings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22264/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

My Department remains very committed to growing both the business and winter tourism sectors.  

Business Tourism is a very lucrative tourism sector. Fáilte Ireland is responsible for positioning Ireland as a world class Meeting, Incentive, and Conference and Events (MICE) destination to grow overseas business tourism. Accordingly Fáilte Ireland is committed to growing business tourism sector significantly in volume and revenue over the coming years

Also, lengthening the season is an essential part of developing a sustainable tourism industry into the future. Both Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland are very focussed on increasing the seasonal spread of tourism across shoulder seasons.

I have asked both agencies to reply directly to the Deputy with further information on this matter. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A