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New tourism status for Portlaoise is great news for Laois, says Minister Flanagan

Portlaoise has been revealed to be one of the country’s ‘Destination Towns’ under a new Fáilte Ireland scheme, according to Laois-Offaly TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan.

Minister Flanagan said: “I am delighted that Portlaoise has received this new status from Fáilte Ireland.

“The Destination Town Initiative is part of the National Tourism Development Authority’s work to drive a better regional spread of overseas and domestic visitors and spend.

“The new scheme will provide funding to Laois County Council to enhance public spaces in Portlaoise in a way that will engage tourists and enhance their experience.

“Portlaoise town is undergoing a process of Urban Regeneration with the creation of a Cultural Quarter around the original historic settlement core of Portlaoise and move towards a low carbon town.

“Tourism is a unique industry in terms of its ability to boost local job creation and sustain rural communities.

“While this new funding will benefit everyone in the town, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge to enormous efforts of local volunteers, members of Portlaoise Town Team and all who contribute their time and efforts to enhancing Portlaoise.

“The first round of allocations will be made in January. I hope this new funding will assist in attracting more visitors to our town, so they can appreciate all Portlaoise and the surrounding areas have to offer.”

The funding will be allocated through Laois County Council as part of the €15.5million ‘Destination Towns’ initiative launched earlier this year by the National Tourism Development Authority.

Up to €500,000 per local authority across the country will be allocated in two rounds by Fáilte Ireland to boost the attractiveness and tourism appeal of towns nationwide.

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