Case Study: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) Sector The emerging CAV sector provides a good example of how our Region is a global technology hub of choice when it comes to next generation of business and technology for connected mobility. For example, Jaguar Land Rover has an established major engineering research centre in Shannon, Co. Clare. IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, ITS Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, LERO, and Insight established a CAV steering group to explore the business opportunities of this technology for Ireland. The CAV forum serves as a central platform to bring together stakeholders from across industry, academia & research, transport authorities and support agencies to discuss the topic of connected and autonomous vehicles and help build a CAV value proposition for Ireland. A key objective is to identify Ireland’s current CAV products and services and develop a shared vision of how best to position Ireland to capture potential opportunities, thereby leading to new investment, employment creation and growth of Irish exports. SWUrban and Rural Tourism Assets Examples of attractions in South West include, inter alia, the Wild Atlantic Way, Irelands Ancient East, Ireland’s Maritime Paradise, Cork City (English Market, Cork City Goal, and Shandon),Blarney Castle, Kinsale, Fota Wildlife Park, Spike Island (2017 European No 1 Tourist Attraction), Midleton Distillery, Cobh Heritage Centre, Doneraile Park, Munster Vales, Blackwater Valley, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Killarney, Blennerville Museum, Kerry County Museum in Tralee, UNESCO site of Skellig Michael, proposed UNESCO site at Valentia Island Cable Station, festivals, mountain ranges, extensive coastline and blue and green flag beaches, peninsulas and islands. MWUrban and Rural Tourism Assets Example of attractions in the Mid-West include, inter alia, the promotion of Ireland’s Lakelands, the Shannon Estuary and its islands as tourism and recreation destination, greenways, blueways, effective placemaking, Munster Vales, the Burren, Cliffs ofMoher,West Clare NST tourismroute, LoopHead, Bunratty, Holy Island, Lough Derg, Shannon Estuary Way, festivals (e.g. Willie Clancy Festival), Limerick City King Johns Castle. The utilisation and realisation of the Mid-West’s existing and emerging tourism assets is supported. SE Urban and Rural Tourism Example of attractions in the South-East include, inter alia, the promotion of Ireland’s Ancient East, the Munster Vales, the sustainable development of Blueways along the Rivers Barrow and Suir, existing Greenways such as the Waterford Greenway and planned greenway extensions and the many visitor attractions in the South-East, with Top 10 (by visitor numbers): Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle, House of Waterford Crystal, Nicholas Mosse pottery, JF Kennedy Arboretum, Bishop’s Palace, Waterford, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Cahir Castle, Wells House and Gardens, Altamount Gardens Carlow (Fáilte Ireland Visitor Attraction Survey 2014).
Economic Clusters and Ecosystems
It is an objective to identify and pursue opportunities for enterprise growth, innovation and diversity within our Regions’ sectors of strength, including the potential of enterprise ecosystems in sectors identified in the Regional Enterprise Plans (REPs) and their successors.
Multinational Corporation (MNC) and Indigenous Industry Connections It is an objective to encourage multinational corporations and indigenous industry connections, e.g. the Global Sourcing Initiative, trade missions to Ireland and peer networks for lean initiatives.
TOURISM The Region has a significant share of Ireland’s premier tourism resources – both natural and man-made. We have the largest number and widest variety of tourism beds, from five-star castles to hostels. The Region hosts the three main tourism areas developed by Fáilte Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, and Ireland’s Ancient East as well as the Munster Vales brand, which is developed jointly by four local authorities. These provide a framework for local areas to develop corresponding tourism propositions. A successful tourism sector creates significant benefits for many other sectors such as agriculture, food and drinks, transport and retail. The RSES supports the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Action Plan for Rural Development (APRD) which seeks to increase tourist numbers to rural Ireland, support sustainable jobs through targeted rural tourism initiatives, develop activity tourism and leverage natural and built heritage assets. The development of urban tourism is key to growing the tourism sector of the economy. Good quality international connectivityprovides opportunities in the growingmarket of city breaks. The cities and towns of our Region host significant assets in the cathedrals, art galleries, museums, theatres and major annual festivals and sporting events. Specific Sectors: Tourism, Retail, Low Carbon Economy, Social Enterprise, Marine.
Southern Regional Assembly | RSES
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