Thursday, 19 November 2020

Ceisteanna (59)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

59. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the capital funding provided for 2021 for the further development of the tourism product throughout the country; the specific sectors, if any, identified for further development in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37341/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Tourism)

The breakdown of the total Exchequer provision in 2021 for tourism services by subhead will be available in the Revised Estimates Volume (REV) for Public Services, which will be published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and will be available on that Department's website following publication.  It is not possible to provide any further detail of the 2021 capital allocation for tourism product development in advance of the publication of the REV.

With regard to particular aspects identified for tourism product development activity around the country in 2021, through capital funding provided in line with the National Development Plan 2018-2027, Fáilte Ireland prioritises investment in activity-based tourism and tourist attractions in order to provide the type and quality of experience that our visitors are seeking. The intention is to optimise key assets for the benefit of tourism and economic development through increasing regional spread, season extension and promoting sustainable growth management.

The Tourism Recovery Plan 2020-2023, published in October, made a number of recommendations regarding investment in tourism product and these recommendations will further inform the development of plans for further capital investment in the tourism sector.