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MacManus Calls For Greater Promotion Of Midlands As Tourist Destination following Castlepollard meeting

17 August, 2021 - by Chris MacManus MEP

MacManus Calls For Greater Promotion Of Midlands As Tourist Destination

Sinn Féin MEP meets with Castlepollard Local Development Group

Sinn Fein MEP Chris MacManus has called for greater promotion of the Midlands as a tourist destination. The Midlands Northwest representative was speaking after meeting with Castlepollard Local Development group alongside Meath West TD Johnny Guirke.

Speaking from Castlepollard, MacManus said:
“I was delighted to visit Castlepollard today and meet with members of the Castlepollard Local Development group alongside my Sinn Fein colleague Johnny Guirke. We had a very constructive meeting in which we discussed proposals for tourism initiatives in the local region.”

“Castlepollard is a beautiful part of the country with a number of local attractions that would interest visitors. It’s clear that the region has been underestimated in terms of its tourism potential over the years and it would be of enormous benefit to the area if tourist traffic could be increased. It would boost the local economy, benefitting local businesses and creating sustainable employment in the area.”

“While other parts of the country have benefitted from promotion as tourist destinations by tourism bodies, Westmeath and the Midlands as a whole have been left behind. There needs to be greater promotion of the area, particularly to help the region take advantage of the huge rise in ‘staycations’ due to the pandemic.”

“For any local tourism initiative to be successful it is vital that it is part of a wider plan to stimulate tourism throughout the State. Sinn Féin have proposed a scheme which would allocate a voucher worth €200 to every adult and €100 for every child to be spent locally in hospitality or tourism. This plan would give workers and families a break by putting money back in their pockets, while also boosting local economies through increased spending in local tourism and hospitality.”

“Such a scheme alongside increased promotion of the region as a tourist destination would undoubtedly enable Castlepollard and the surrounding areas to reach its tourism potential.” ENDS

Left to Right: Chris MacManus MEP, Johnny Guirke TD, Noel Kinahan and Cliff Gurren in Castlepoüard. 

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