Tourism drive to showcase Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions

Fáilte Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta to work together on priority areas for tourism development.

Fáilte Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta have formed a strategic partnership after signing a Memorandum of Understanding detailing their commitment to making the Gaeltacht experience appealing, accessible and relevant to visitors.

Through this formal agreement, the organisations will work together across a number of priority areas for tourism development including capital projects, building capacity within the tourism industry and supporting the development of tourism products to showcase the unique cultural offering of Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions.

“Our Gaeltacht regions offer visitors a unique cultural experience rich in music, language, art and dance”

“Both Fáilte Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta are leaders in pursuing national policy objectives in relation to regional development, with a specific focus on optimising opportunities to leverage the development of tourism and the Irish language and culture,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin, TD..

“Our Gaeltacht regions offer visitors a unique cultural experience rich in music, language, art and dance – this Memorandum of Understanding sets out a framework for the two organisations to deliver on common objectives and will be significant for the development of tourism in the Gaeltacht regions.”

The future of tourism in Gaeltacht regions

“Today is about looking to the future of tourism in our Gaeltacht regions,” said Paul Keeley, director of Regional Development at Fáilte Ireland.

“We look forward to continuing to work together to align our strategic priorities to enhance the visitor experience and increase dwell time in these regions, supporting revenue generation and job creation in local communities”

“This formal Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen the existing relationship that has been built up between Údarás na Gaeltachta and Fáilte Ireland over recent years and will be hugely important as we work towards recovery.

“We look forward to continuing to work together to align our strategic priorities to enhance the visitor experience and increase dwell time in these regions, supporting revenue generation and job creation in local communities.”

Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, described the partnership as a key milestone.

“This is a very important partnership and will allow both organisations to enhance our cooperation and achieve common aims and objectives in terms of tourism development in the Gaeltacht,” added.

“The strategic development of tourism in the Gaeltacht is one the key priorities outlined in our 2021-2025 Gaeltacht Strategic Plan and following the Covid-19 emergency it is most welcome that both organisations will be strategically aligned in assisting the Gaeltacht tourism industry in its recovery and to contributing towards Ireland’s overall tourism product.”

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.

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