TOURISM body Shannon Development has announced it is seeking investors for a major visitor attraction in Bunratty.
The Co Clare village is already a major tourist hotspot, with people coming from all round the world to see Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
The site has 400,000 visitors annually, and an estimated â‚¬20m spin-off in revenue.
Now, Shannon Development want investors for a 120-acre site adjacent to this. A number of suitable projects have already been identified, including a diaspora visitor centre, and a genealogy centre, or a themed family adventure park.
The groupâ€™s chief executive Dr Vincent Cunnane said: â€œWe want to see a new generation of project ideas which will continue to enhance Bunratty and the Shannon Regionâ€™s reputation as an international visitor destination. This project forms part of our overall tourism product development strategy which this year will see work start on a â‚¬5.7 million re-development of King Johnâ€™s Castle in Limerick.â€
This plan by Shannon Development - codenamed the Bunratty landbank initiative - was launched in the United States last week as part of an overall investment campaign for the Bunratty project, and other regional tourism initiatives.
Interested parties can make a submission around the Bunratty Landbank site as part of a two stage tendering process. Full details are available on the e-tenders website http://www.etenders.gov.ie/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=SEP266719.
The closing date is March 30, 2012.