The NDP calls for high-quality international connectivity for airports and ports and has allocated a €4.8bn investment toward this. As an island nation, this connectivity is essential to attracting international visitors. COVID-19 has negatively impacted our connectivity and it is critical for the recovery of the tourism industry that we re-establish and grow our international access routes.
The strategic projects identified include:
A number of important transport initiatives which will have a positive tourism benefit include:
In 2019 Fáilte Ireland launched a capital scheme focused on developing immersive heritage and cultural attractions. This was focused on attractions that appeal to overseas visitors looking for experiences that help them to connect with Ireland and bring the country’s culture, heritage and people to life. It targeted projects that have the greatest potential to grow tourism across Ireland throughout the year.
The NDP builds on this theme, identifying strategic investments in national cultural institutions, national parks, visitor facilities and large-scale sport infrastructure. Projects identified include:
The NDP recognises the important economic benefits of tourism to the development of rural Ireland, particularly in regions that lack an intensive industry base or are economically fragile. Investment in our international tourism marketing infrastructure is key to stimulating business from overseas markets. A number of specific initiatives have been identified, including:
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