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Issue No 536 £2.00 7 September - 20 September 2010 news & jobs updated daily online Circulation 23,035 (July 07 – June 08) 190m funding boost for Ireland tourist attractions By Pete Hayman

Irish tourism minister Mary Hanafi n has announced that

"some 190m (£158m)" is to be invested in upgrading and developing new tourist facilities over the next six years. Funding will be focussed on

improvements at a number of the country's existing attrac- tions and the upgrading of infrastructure to boost cycling, walking and water-based activities and heritage sites. Nearly 4m (£3.3m) will be

allocated through Fáilte Ireland's Tourism Capital Investment Programme as part of the wider investment, which will support four projects: the

ment and fi t-out of the terminal building at Foynes Flying Boat Museum to improve access. Plans for a 12.7km (7.9-mile)

coastal route between Doolin and Hags Head near Liscannor,

County Clare, has secured 186,490 (£155,000), while efforts to provide new facilities at Lough Key Marina have received 525,000 (£436,000). Hanafi n said: "The tourism

Slieve League will receive nearly 2m as part of the investment

Clare Coastal Walks; the Lough Key Marina; Slieve League and Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Nearly 2m (£1.7m) of the

Fáilte Ireland funding has been set aside for an environmental

management project led by Donegal County Council at Slieve League to protect the site and enhance visitor experience. Nearly 1.2m (£998,000)

will help complete the develop-

easyGroup unveils plans for new budget gym chain Fore Fitness secures brand licensing deal to launch easyGym venture next year

By Pete Hayman

easyJet founder and entrepre- neur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has unveiled plans to expand the easyGroup vehicle, with the UK launch of a new budget fi tness club chain in 2011. The easyGym venture is the

result of a partnership with Fore Fitness, a subsidiary of Fore Capital Partners which has agreed a licensing deal to run and market the gym chain. easyGym will aim to provide

consumers with "conveniently- located" facilities at affordable



Sir Stelios is set to move into the health and fi tness sector

prices using a similar model to the one used across the easy group of companies, which will focus on value for money.


Sir Stelios said: "As a gym

user, I have noticed many ineffi ciencies in the system and believe there is a simpler and more effi cient way to cater for the needs of the consumer. "Together with Fore Fitness

and its investors we will aim to offer value for money in this sector. My resolution following this deal is to go to the gym at least 3-4 times per week!" Paul Lorimer-Wing, joint CEO

of easyGym, added: "Securing the rights to use the easyGym brand is a signifi cant achieve- ment for Fore Fitness."


industry continues to face a very diffi cult international economic climate and the government, in partnership with the industry, is helping to meet this challenge through the provision of signifi cant additional tourism capital funding in the coming years."

Green light for Salford stadium

Salford City Council (SCC) has approved detailed plans for a new £26m stadium at Barton-upon- Irwell, which will provide a home for Salford City Reds rugby league team. Preparatory work has

already started on site to allow the 20,000-capacity community venue to be ready ahead of the 2012 Super League season. The new stadium is to

be built and managed by Peel as part of a joint venture with the council.

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