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Sinn Féin welcome €200million to market Ireland

8 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokespersons for Tourism, Martin Ferris TD and Philip McGuigan MLA, have welcomed the announcement that €200million is to be used to market Ireland in an effort to increase the number of visitors to the island to 9 million by 2008.

Mr Ferris said:

"Sinn Féin welcomes the increase in the budget made available to Failté Ireland and the €200 million marketing programme that Tourism Ireland has unveiled to boost the number of overseas visitors to the entire island.

"As another successful year for Irish tourism draws to a close, I would urge those working in the industry to keep up the all-Ireland harmonisation of tourism as it has quite obviously been a major factor in the growth of the industry.

Mr McGuigan added:

"The €200million that is to be used to market Ireland should be used, in part, to market new and original tourist attractions. Political and Cultural tourism is quite obviously a major attraction in the north and we should be under no illusion that Long Kesh will be a much bigger attraction than the likes of Kilmainham Gaol if a museum is given the go-ahead. I hope that Tourism Ireland will take account of this particular market as well as community-based tourism as there is massive potential yet to be realised here.

"It is vitally important that this money is spent constructively and wisely and new and upcoming markets are not neglected and underfunded because of the dominance of tourist attractions that are already well-established." ENDS

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