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Investment in cultural tourism should be prioritised and targeted – McLellan

22 September, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on tourism and the arts Sandra McLellan has called on the government to prioritise investment in Ireland’s cultural tourism infrastructure in order to maximise the potential of this sector of the economy.

Speaking on the National Tourism Development Authority (Amendment) Bill in the Dáil today, Deputy McLellan said:

“The area of cultural tourism continues to hold huge potential. Cultural tourism embraces the full range of experiences visitors can undertake to learn what makes a destination distinctive – its lifestyle, its heritage, its arts, its people – and the business of providing and interpreting that culture to visitors.”

“We have a very rich cultural heritage here, including megalithic tombs, Norman Castles and Viking cities. The period when this country declared its independence at the start of the last century holds a significant place in this country’s history too.”

“This government should prioritise the creation of a cultural and historical ‘Northern Quarter’ for Dublin, including Moore Street, Moore Lane and O’Rahilly Parade, and with the GPO at its heart. This whole area is rich in history and would act as a major National Monument and a fantastic attraction for visitors from home and abroad.”

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