Tourism in Carlow to benefit from Govt’s ‘3-pronged plan’ – Pat Deering

12th May, 2011

Fine Gael Carlow TD. Pat Deering has warmly welcomed the ‘Three-Pronged Plan’
for tourism announced by the Government this week, saying that the initiatives
being implemented can only help attract tourists to Carlow and create jobs as a
result.

This week, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, said that
the Government will abolish the travel tax, rebate levels of charges to
airlines by Dublin Airport Authority and establish a new marketing initiative.

“Tourism is vital for Carlow and the initiatives announced by the Government
can only help get tourists into the country and, as a result, help create jobs.

“The ‘Three-Pronged Plan’ revealed this week will:

1.        Abolish the travel tax if
airlines commit to deliver more tourists to Ireland;

2.        Rebate substantial levels of
charges to airlines by Dublin Airport Authority in return for additional
passengers brought into Ireland; and

3.        Set up a joint marketing
initiative between Tourism Ireland, the DAA and the airlines to encourage more
tourists to fly into Ireland.

“Fine Gael has long believed that tourism must be at the heart of economic
regeneration and the Government plan will set the groundwork for more tourists
to come here and for further jobs to be created.

“However, this plan is just the beginning. I am also heartened that other
strategies have been initiated by the Government, such as changing the visa
regime to make it easier for tourists from emerging economies to visit Ireland,
halving employers’ PRSI and cutting VAT on the cost of many services. Allied
with the work placements and internships that will come on stream, it is clear
that job creation is at the heart of the new government and that can only be
good for Carlow.”

Contact Detail Pat Deering TD 0879470736 Office 059-9173446