MOST of the £3m-plus to be spent on tourist accommodation in the Limerick region during the next few years will be directed towards providing self-catering facilities.
This would include accommodation as ‘Rent an Irish Cottage’ schemes, private house lettings and similar operations, disclosed Shannonside tourism manager Mr Sean Browne this week.
This emphasises the increasing trend among tourists, particularly among Continentals to cater for themselves.
Speaking at a press conference, Mr Browne explained the proposed development of tourism facilities in the Limerick Region over the next five years.
Some £3.7m will be spent on accommodation, £1.3m on product development, £441,000 on environmental development, with entertaining and shopping accounting for £241,000.
Of the £3.7m accommodation fund, £1.3m is proposed for improvement in the standard of existing registered hotels and guesthouses.
The priority areas include Lisdoonvarna, Limerick citty, the Lough Derg zone and Kilkee. A further £1.9m is proposed for development of self-catering accommodation aimed at satisfying a demand from a new market sector of overseas visitors.