Updated: 25/04/17 : 12:19:01Printable Version
Fáilte Ireland today announced that it has allocated €24,500 in funding to 12 festivals in County Sligo, as part its 2017 Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme. Full list below
Announcing the funding, Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan, said, “The funding announced today will allow Sligo to broaden its appeal to overseas visitors and can provide a boost to tourism activity in the locality which is good news for the local economy and employment.”
Festivals and events provide a great motivation for visitors to travel around Ireland and add another dimension to the tourist experience on the ground. They are the life-blood of tourism and mobilise many visitors to choose to come to Ireland in the first instance”
Fáilte Ireland provides grant funding to local festivals which apply to its Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme. The programme is reviewed every year with a view to generating incremental visitor growth and revenue. The focus for festivals in 2017 is on growing tourism demand outside the peak season and to spread and grow tourism demand more evenly across the country.
Speaking today Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, emphasised the importance of festivals for Ireland and the tourism sector:
“Fáilte Ireland is very much committed to a greater spread of regional activity as well as supporting a longer tourism year. Festivals – which can take place anywhere and at any time of the year - are very much a part of this focus on greater regionality and seasonality.” See also Sligo Festivals 2017