Dublin Tall Ships festival 'generated spending of €30m'

Friday 11 January 2013 13.39
The Tall Ships festival was held in Dublin in August 2012
The Tall Ships festival was held in Dublin in August 2012

Dublin's Tall Ships festival generated spending of nearly €30m compared to a cost of just over €3m, according to a report.

The report for Dublin City Council found that a total of 1.25m people attended the four-day event in August, with most being from Dublin, but 27% were from the rest of Ireland and 12% from overseas.

Visitors from outside the capital generated 50,000 bed nights valued at over €2m, according to an independent assessment by Sheffield Haslam University.

The council report found that anti-social behaviour and medical emergencies were insignificant, but delays and access problems were experienced on the first day.

The international organisers, Self Training International, said they would welcome a bid from Dublin to host the event again in 2016.

However, because of 1916 Centenary celebrations that year and budgetary constraints the report recommends that a bid be delayed until 2018.

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