Call for debate on Limerick’s tourism priorities

King-Johns-Castle-LimerickLIMERICK Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin has submitted a motion to Limerick City and County Council proposing that Fáilte Ireland meet with local representatives to present their tourism priorities for the region.

Speaking to the Limerick Post this week, Cllr Leddin explained: “With tourism a key economic driver in this region I believe it is important that we listen and debate with Failte Ireland on what we need to do to enhance our tourism offering.”

“There has been much debate recently regarding the proposed pedestrian bridge which, if approved by the elected members, will be part funded by Failte Ireland at a cost of approximately €6 million,” he said.

As a publicly funded organisation with responsibility for promoting Ireland as a destination both at home and abroad while also improving tourism infrastructure, Cllr Leddin believes it is important that there is thorough discussion on the key priorities that the Council must advocate and work towards as part of its Limerick 2030 plan.

“We have in recent times published various strategies and plans covering sectors such as ICT, Food and Culture and it is now time that in partnership with relevant agencies and tourism operators Limerick should prepare a tourism plan with key deliverable objectives and targets.

“Failte Ireland have been a key partner in various capital projects completed by the council in recent years especially the completion of the riverside boardwalks and the upgrading of Honan’s Quay.

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“It is now appropriate that we begin to formalise a stronger relationship with Failte Ireland and presenting their views and thoughts at an agreed future council meeting will be a positive first step,” he concluded.

by Alan Jacques