A windfall of €11m in tourism revenue and €2m in state tax revenue was announced today by the government as it announced a further €6m in additional funding for Windsor-Essex’s local tourism sector.

The announcement follows the completion of a new £2.8m exhibition centre and development of a £1.8 million visitor centre, which will be funded by the EU and the UK.

The Tourism Development Scheme (TDS) is set to generate around €25m in visitor revenue and about €16m in tax revenue.

The €6.6m figure represents the first step in the Government’s ongoing drive to promote Windsor-and its surrounding areas as a place where people from all walks of life can come and enjoy life in the 21st century.

The programme also brings new opportunities for local businesses and businesses in Windsor- and neighbouring communities, with over 1,100 new jobs being created since the announcement.

Mr O’Sullivan said the tourism boost is a reflection of the positive vibrancy of Windsor-East, and of the significant work that the local community is doing.

The TDS will provide €5m of the Tourism Development Fund which will go towards: a new tourist centre in the Town Hall which will include a hotel, a café, a gallery, an ice-cream bar and the town’s new outdoor recreation centre; and the development of an extension of the Town Centre for a newly opened restaurant, a shopping centre, a community garden and a new visitor centre for the Windsor-Westport Town Hall.

“These are just a few of the thousands of jobs that will be created and the significant contribution that Windsor- East will make to our economy,” he said.

“The economic development of Windsor East will allow for further investment in the town and our local communities.”

I would like to congratulate the Town of Windsor and its residents on this fantastic initiative.

This will allow the Town to continue to be a hub for tourism in the area.

“The €3.3m investment will be delivered by the Department of Tourism and Tourism Development.