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CONFERENCE CENTRE COULD BE WORTH MILLIONS
By MIKE DWANE
THE Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism has confirmed it is considering the development of a conference centre in the Limerick region that could be worth hundreds of millions annually to the local economy.
A location between the city and Shannon Airport is being mooted for the 2,000-plus capacity venue but the Department is to first undertake a feasibility study on the proposed development over the coming weeks.
“At this time, the plan is for the feasibility study to commence in the near future, however, we do not have any further information on it at this time,” was all a Department spokesman was prepared to say this Tuesday.
However, the Limerick Chronicle understands tourism and business interests in the Mid West are to be consulted in the coming weeks about building a centre as a public-private partnership.
John Fahey, chief executive of Meet Limerick Shannon, the public-private body that seeks to attract business delegates to conferences in the Mid West, said a purpose-built facility of the scale suggested would “represent a huge economic boost” for the region.
Killarney has its national event centre and a national conference centre is currently under construction at Spencer Dock in Dublin, while Mr Fahey he was also aware of discussions about building such a facility in Cork. But he is confident a conference centre in the Limerick area would be viable.
“The minimum stay for business conferences would be three days and the average spend about Â¤1500 per person so it would represent a huge economic boost for the region. I couldn’t say at this stage whether it would be full every day but it would still be huge for the region while the business is being built up,” he added.