Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (564)

Noel Rock

Ceist:

564. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of Dublin hosting a sporting event (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47791/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The hosting of major sports events, both participative and spectator sports, can provide great opportunities to showcase Ireland and drive international visitor numbers. In addition, the media coverage of sports events helps to put Ireland onto travel itineraries as a holiday destination.

Accordingly, I am very supportive of the work of the tourism agencies and the national governing bodies of sport to attract international events, subject, of course, to an assessment of the costs and benefits involved in any State financial support, in particular the number of overseas visitors.

With regard to the specific event mentioned by the Deputy, I am not aware of any recent contact between the event promoter and Fáilte Ireland or any assessment having been made, but I have asked Fáilte Ireland to reply directly to the Deputy in this regard. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.