LEFT: Senator Ollie Crowe; Deputy Niamh Smyth, chair; and Senator Malcolm Byrne outside Leinster House.

‘Report on Rural Tourism’ published

The Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media has published its ‘Report on Rural Tourism’ which makes a number of recommendations.

Committee Cathaoirleach, Deputy Niamh Smyth says much of Ireland’s sustainable regional development is underpinned by tourism.

“Tourism is often the lifeline of our rural communities, but our communities and our industry are in need of further support,” she continued. “The Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media believes that there is a symbiotic relationship between community-building and tourism and that our rural communities should be attractive places for residents and visitors.”

The Fianna Fáil TD added: “We endeavour, through our recommendations contained in this report, to advocate for stronger supports for our rural tourism providers and to promote sectoral growth in digitalisation and accessibility. We know that thriving communities and tourism businesses also depend on a rich heritage and cultural offering.”