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.