A new plan to develop tourism on and along the River Shannon has been launched.

It aims to boost visitor numbers through a programme of investment in harbours, amenities for boat users, walkways and other infrastructure.

It is estimated that the plan will require in the region of €76 million between now and 2030.

The Shannon Tourism Masterplan is the result of a collaboration between Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the ten local authorities along the river.

One of the central aims is to develop the Shannon as a hub for both international and domestic tourism.

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin said the plan would result in a "haven for on-water and off-water experiences", that would provide sustainable benefits for local businesses.

Among the first projects to benefit from a €2.1m capital funding programme are the development of new floating moorings along the river, and the provision of enhanced waterside amenities in Athlone, Red Bridge and Rooskey.