Co Leitrim will be under the sport tourism spotlight on Thursday night, with an entry from the county shortlisted for the inaugural Shannon Group European Sport Tourism Awards in Limerick.
Leitrim Tourism has made the Lakelands & Waterways Sport Tourism Innovation award shortlist and will compete with the likes neighbours Longford Tourism and Baysports in Roscommon for the title.
The award – one of 15 handed out at the event - is based on events venues and activities which have shown innovation and creativity in water sport tourism.
The awards are a key element of the annual Shannon Airport European Sport Tourism Summit, which will be held for the second year running in Limerick on Thursday and Friday.
Mark O’Connell, a director of summit and awards organisers W2 Consulting, said “Sport Tourism is already big business for us in Ireland today.
“When you think of the range and popularity of events up and down the country and the type of income they are driving in their individual areas, you quickly realise just how much of a growth area it is.
“The awards give recognition to the people and organisations who are making that happen and contributing very significantly to local economies.”