Fáilte Ireland’s objectives for Tourism Year 2024

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    Fáilte Ireland recently announced ambitious plans for Tourism Year 2024 which will focus on driving the sustainable development of the tourism industry. If you missed the virtual briefing, you can watch it back here.

    As part of this event, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Catherine Martin TD, announced a programme of supports for businesses affected by the displacement of registered tourism accommodation stock. One of these supports is a new business support grant specifically for Activity and Attraction businesses in areas that have been significantly affected. This scheme is now open for applications. Find more information about how to apply here.

    Central to its plans for this year is a new Climate Action Programme which includes the appointment of a dedicated advisor to businesses to help navigate every step of the climate action journey. To ensure tourism businesses can easily access the financial supports available to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency and adopt renewable technologies, we have also entered into a new partnership with the SEAI. Find out more about the programme here.

    “I’m also proud to say that Fáilte Ireland has been recognised as one of the top 20 Best Large Workplaces in Ireland 2024 at the Great Place to Work Ireland awards. This is our fifth consecutive year being recognised as one of Ireland’s top workplaces. It was fantastic to see 16 tourism businesses who are participating in our Employer Excellence Programme on the list of Best Workplaces this year, with special recognition awards for Vagabond Tours in Learning and Development and The Kingsley Hotel for Wellbeing. These achievements really showcase the Employer Excellence Programme’s impact in helping the industry to make positive workplace changes and drive employee engagement. This month, we kick-off the traditional tourism season with the St. Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend. Fáilte Ireland is once again supporting the national St. Patrick’s Festival, which takes place in Dublin from 15th-18th March 2024. We are also pleased to support regional St. Patrick’s Day events and celebrations in Cork, Killarney, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, and Kilkenny, driving visitors to regional locations across the weekend,” stated Paul Kelly, CEO, Fàilte Ireland