Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (234)

Sandra McLellan

Ceist:

238 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the efforts made by him to maximise the use of sporting facilities and accommodation here by supporters during the London Olympics in 2012. [23391/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

The tourism and sports agencies are represented on the London 2012 co-ordinating group which I am chairing and which is looking at opportunities for Ireland from the proximity of this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Tourism Ireland is the North-South body established under the Good Friday Agreement with responsibility for the overseas promotion of the entire island of Ireland as a tourist destination. The organisation has been rolling out a busy programme of promotional activity to target a wide range of potential visitors around the world in the run-up to and during the 2012 Games. This includes targeting corporate sponsors, promoting holiday package extensions to Ireland, targeting displaced Londoners and promoting golf and Ireland as the home of major champions. On the sporting side, athletes from 13 countries will train at the National Aquatic Centre in the lead up to the London games, including the US synchronised swimming team, the South Korean national squad, the UK Paralympic swimming squad and swimmers from the Cayman Islands, Poland, Venezuela and Surinam. A pre-Olympic water polo tournament taking place in the NAC in July will involve participation by Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany, Great Britain and current Olympic champions Hungary. A number of other Olympic-related events are also taking place in Ireland before the Games. In March this year, a men's hockey Olympic qualifying tournament was hosted at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD. In July, the World Youth Sailing Championships will take place in Dún Laoghaire and Morton Athletics Stadium in Santry will host a pre-games international athletics event.

Question No. 239 answered with Question No. 10.