Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (621)

Aindrias Moynihan

Question:

621. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps being taken to promote the tourism potential of the Lee Valley region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53405/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The tourism agencies Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have operational responsibility for the development and promotion of tourism in areas such as the Lee Valley.

I understand that Fáilte Ireland are engaging in a programme to extend the concept of the Wild Atlantic Way to the wider region, as distinct from the Wild Atlantic Way route.  The Lee Valley has been designated part of the Wild Atlantic Way region and is included in all of Fáilte Ireland's development, promotional and business support activities. In 2019 Fáilte Ireland worked with tourism enterprises in the Lee Valley and hosted a number of workshops in the area.  Fáilte Ireland will continue to work with businesses in the Lee Valley during 2020.

I also understand that Tourism Ireland is working with Cork Airport and tourism industry partners to highlight Cork as a stand-alone destination and also as a gateway to both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East. In this context, Tourism Ireland recommends that tourism businesses from the Lee Valley register on the Industry Opportunities website for a range of opportunities to promote their businesses across the world. 

I have asked both tourism agencies to provide the Deputy with further information on their work developing and promoting tourism in the Lee Valley.  Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.