Ireland West Airport, Knock, has been allocated €400,000 under the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) Scheme, which will help tourism in the surrounding counties.
This funding is for the development of a State of the Art Visitor Discovery Centre to be located within the Ireland West Airport Terminal Building and new regional branding points within the airport and on approach roads into the airport showcasing the best of what the West and North-West of Ireland can offer both visitors and entrepreneurs.
The development of a new innovative Visitor Discovery Centre, will benefit overseas visitors, providing a taste of the exceptional tourism products, events and experiences that can be enjoyed in the six counties within the catchment area whilst creating a positive first impression of the West of Ireland to the 1 million visitors that pass through Ireland West Airport annually.
The development of a suite of new and modern branding sites at the airport to deliver promotion and advertising of the tourism experiences of the counties that make up the Ireland West Airport / local authority Partnership will also provide a major promotional vehicle to showcase the region.
The application for this funding was part of the new regional collaboration around the airport led by Sligo and Mayo County councils and in partnership with Roscommon County Council, Leitrim County Council, Donegal County Council, Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Ireland West Airport Knock and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly.
Joe Gilmore, Managing Director of Ireland West Airport Knock has thanked Minister of State for Regional Economic Development at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs Michael Ring for the funding.