Brendan Griffin TD

Minister for Tourism & Sport

Kerry

31st July 2017 

€114,277 for Rural Recreation Projects will Boost Tourism in Kerry.

Minister of State at the department of Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD has welcomed the allocation of €114,277 for rural recreation projects in Kerry.

Kerry has been allocated €114,277 for rural recreation projects, which is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in Kerry and in the surrounding region.

“This funding is part of €11 million in funding for over 200 projects nationally under the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, announced by my colleague Michael Ring, T.D Minister for Rural and Community Development.

“The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is designed to maintain and improve our outdoor recreational infrastructure including for example our greenways, blueways and walking trails.

“Recreational tourism is growing year on year and so it is crucial we continue to improve facilities and encourage more visitors. Figures from Fáilte Ireland show that the hiking and cycling tourism markets are worth approximately €1.2 billion to the Irish economy.

“Aside from the obvious tourism benefits, it’s also hugely important that we maintain and develop our outdoor infrastructure to encourage everyone to keep fit and live a healthy active lifestyle.

“Eighty per cent of each project is funded by the Government grant, with Kerry County Council making up the difference.

“Minister Ring has confirmed to me that he expects to make further announcements under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in the autumn.”

Project details below

ENDS

Contact:

Brendan Griffin TD

087 65288241

 

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