New Community Tourism Initiative to Reach Out to Family and Friends Living Abroad
Galway City Council is delighted to launch a new Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora which seeks to build on the legacy of The Gathering 2013. The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, officially launched the initiative, a joint partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and the 34 Local Authorities, to provide an annual fund of €1m over the next three years to support up to 700 local community-based events and festivals each year around the country. Galway City Council will provide €30,000 over the next three years for this purpose.
Commenting on the initiative, City Manager, Brendan McGrath said " Every year we support many festivals, facilitate forums and engage with citizens to support them in community events. Last year many successful events took place within the City under "The Gathering" and I am confident that we can build on that success.
"Pride in Place and Pride in Community is at the heart of what we do in Galway City Council, continued Mr McGrath . "This initiative will inject a new energy into communities, making people think about how they can promote their localities through new and recurring events and how they can sell these events to visitors. It will give opportunities for individuals and groups to get creative and to think outside of traditional target markets and audiences".
The Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative follows on the clear success of last year's The Gathering where 5,000 communities mobilised to harness their Diaspora links for the benefit of local and community tourism.
The amount awarded will be based on the number of overseas visitors attending events. The minimum offered is €500 and the maximum €3,000. Galway City Council are seeking applications for support from local community events, with a closing date of 9th May.