Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

214 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the number of times since his appointment to the Government he has been out of the country on official business; the locations he travelled to, the dates and the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18987/03]

I have been out of the country on official business on 14 occasions since my appointment as Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. The following table below gives details of dates, locations and reasons for travelling:

Date

Location

Reason for Visit

14th-18th June, 2003

Seoul & Suwon, Korea.

World Cup 2002 & meeting with Korea National Tourist organisation.

26th-27th September, 2002

Birmingham, England.

The opening ceremony of the 2002 Ryder Cup.

24th-30th October, 2002

Chicago & New York, USA.

Tourism Promotional Visit.

11th-12th November, 2002

Brussels, Belgium

The European Education Culture Council of Ministers.

12th November, 2002

London, England.

Attended the World Travel Market.

10th-13th March, 2003

Birmingham, England.

Attended a Special Interest Tourism Promotion with Bord Fáilte and Tourism Ireland.

13th March, 2003

London, England.

Officially opened a new office for Tourism Ireland Limited (TIL).

14th-16th March, 2003

Edinburgh, Scotland

Promotion of St. Patrick's Day Activities.

27th-29th March, 2003

Frankfurt & Koblenz, Germany.

Attended a Consumer Roadshow in Western and Southern Germany with Tourism Ireland Limited.

4th-6th April, 2003

Aintree, England.

Attended Tourism Promotion functions at the invitation of Fáilte Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland.

15th-20th May, 2003

Cannes, France.

The Cannes Film Festival.

23th-26th May 2003

Thessalonica, Greece.

An informal meeting of EU Cultural Ministers.

3rd-5th June, 2003

Athens, Greece.

Attended the lighting ceremony for the Special Olympics in Athens

30th June-5th July, 2003

Los Angeles, San Francisco & New York, USA

Attending tourism functions in the USA at the invitation of Tourism Ireland.