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Most Covid Restrictions to End
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NI Visitors Flock South


€50m support for Tourism revealed

Fáilte Ireland released details of its €50million Tourism Business Continuity Programme for 2022 at a virtual event for industry attended by over 2,500 tourism and hospitalitymartinkelly providers.
 The €50million allocation was secured by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. in Budget 2022 and Fáilte Ireland is responsible for developing and administering the funding programme.  
 The Programme will support Strategic Tourism Transport businesses, Irish Based Inbound Agents, Attractions and Activities Providers, and Tourism Accommodation Providers and will build on the 5-phase €55million Tourism Business Continuity Scheme administered by Fáilte Ireland in 2021.
 Minister Catherine Martin T.D. said;


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Taoiseach to propose All-Ireland Greenways

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will to-day outline plans for major green all-island projects including new cross-Border greenway routes and an all-island plan for hydrogen buses and lorries.greenway0419

At the Shared Island forum in Dublin Castle, Mr Martin will set out his plans for the use of National Development Plan funding for joint projects North and South. New funding for cross-Border initiatives totals €1 billion until 2030, in addition to the €3.5 billion committed to existing all-island projects.
He is expected to promote an all-island greenway network for cycling and walking, with routes extending from one jurisdiction to another. Already plans have been mooted for a greenway to link Sligo to Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and to Lough Neagh. However, the new initiative would also see greenways running, for example, from Donegal to Derry; from Louth to Down, and from Monaghan and Cavan to Armagh and Tyrone.

Irish Woo Big Spenders

Twenty-three tourism businesses from Ireland have joined Tourism Ireland in Cannes this week, for the annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM).luxury1221

Pictured are John Costelloe, The K Club; Sheila King, Sheen Falls Lodge; Yvonne Donohue, The Shelbourne; Deirdre Cullina, The Merrion; Marie Chawke, Dromoland Castle; Steve Fenton, MHL Hotel Collection; Gillian Costelloe, By Appointment DMC; Crothúr Murphy, Custom Ireland; Richard Byrne-Afoullouss, Adams & Butler; Paula Carroll, Ashford Castle; Siobhán Naughton, Tourism Ireland; Siobhán O'Sullivan, Mount Juliet Estate; Ciara Hanley, Ireland’s Blue Book; David Cronin, Killarney Hotels; Paula Ward, Paula Ward’s Ireland; Olivia Frawley, Tourism Ireland; Liz Godfrey, Adare Manor; Tanya Dawson, Luxurious Ireland; Leigh Heggarty, Galgorm; Eoin McGrath, Hastings Hotels; Carol Hinch, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel; Michelle Blake, Dylan Hotel; Roisin Wallace, Original Irish Hotels; Natasha Johnston, Tourism Ireland; and Emer Mortell, Dream Escape, at ILTM in Cannes.
ILTM is an invitation-only event for the global luxury travel industry – attracting more than 1,800 influential travel agents and decision-makers who design unique, luxury travel itineraries for their high net-worth international clients, from 80 different countries. Luxury travel editors and journalists from international publications are also in attendance.


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€1bn investment plan for DART

The Government has given initial approval for spending of around €1 billion as part of a plan to double passenger capacity on Dublin's DART network.DART

The investment will ease travel in the Greater Dublin area for visitors and the public.
The DART + programme also involves trebling the length of track to 150km in the greater Dublin Area.
The first phase will be DART West, which involves the electrification of the Maynooth line, and this has been given approval to enter the planning system.
The cost of this has been estimated at up to €1.1 billion.
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€50m support for Pantos and Shows

A €50m supports package has been announced for the live performance sector following the reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions on the industry.panto

It includes money for pantomimes and other seasonal shows, as well as grants to adapt venues and supports for the wider live performance sector, following mass cancellations.
The latest Covid-19 restrictions, effective from this week, saw the closure of nightclubs and the imposition of 50% capacity limits on venues. 
Catherine Martin, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media today announced €50m to support the live performance sector.
It includes:
€5m for the seasonal musical theatre and pantomime scheme (LPSS 2), funding will increase from €2m to €5m and the turnover requirement is being reduced to €100,000 from €300,000 with applications being accepted until the end of January 2022. This scheme is now open for applications;


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