Minister Ross and Minister of State Griffin welcomed today’s news that Limerick has been chosen to host the 2021 Tag Rugby World Cup.
Minister Ross said: “Today’s announcement that Limerick has been successful in their bid to host the 2021 Tag Rugby World Cup – the first northern hemisphere city to host the tournament. This is good news for Limerick, good news for tourism and good news for sport. I would like to congratulate all involved on this successful bid, which highlights both the value of collaboration towards a common goal and also the harmony between sport and tourism.”
Minister of State Griffin said: “Limerick’s hosting of the 2021 Tag Rugby World Cup will have manifold benefits locally and nationally. For the visiting international tag-rugby players, this tournament will provide a great opportunity to introduce a new audience to the huge range of wonderful tourism experiences and attractions available in Limerick and further afield. And Irish spectators will have a unique chance to see world-class athletes in action, and indeed might be inspired to take up tag-rugby or a similar sport and get active. I am pleased to note that Fáilte Ireland provided both financial and practical supports that enhanced the bid for Limerick to host the 2021 Tag Rugby World Cup. This major event is expected to attract 1,600-3,500 international participants to the region and will be worth an estimated €5million to the local economy.”
With regard to the broader business tourism and events sector, Fáilte Ireland will be actively growing tourism of this type into the regions and, to support this goal, will be increasing its investment into the Regional Convention Bureaux in order to grow business by 15% in 2019.
Over the next seven years to 2025, Fáilte Ireland aims to substantially grow the international meetings, incentives, conferences and events market to Ireland by 40% which will contribute more than €1 billion to the Irish economy.