Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has confirmed two new rounds of sports capital funding, and said the Government will continue investing in tourism in the years ahead.
“I’m delighted to confirm that the Government will continue to support capital investment in tourism, in order to keep the industry competitive and to increase market share.
“And I’m also very pleased that we will see two further rounds of sports capital funding during the lifetime of this Government.
“The current economic climate means that priority will be given to relatively low-cost projects under the Tourism Capital Investment Programme, especially ones with a focus on outdoor activities. We will concentrate resources on existing attractions, along with the development of key new attractions such as a diaspora centre or museum at national level.
“We also recognise the importance of sport in our society, and the benefits it brings. So it’s a particular pleasure to announce two new rounds of sports capital funding. While resources will again be constrained, it’s nevertheless significant that this funding can continue.
“This sports funding will support local sporting facilities, and we will also be able ensure that all projects in the current round of the Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme can be completed.
“The Sports Capital Programme and the Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme will also help to support existing jobs, and in some cases create new ones.”