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By Chamber Press office, 24 January 2019
Dublin Chamber has welcomed the decision to approve planning permission for a new U2 visitor centre at Grand Canal Dock. The Chamber, which made a submission in favour of the centre during the planning process, said a U2 visitor centre will add a new dimension to Dublin’s tourism offering and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors over the coming months.
According to Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs Graeme McQueen: “U2 are one of Dublin’s, and indeed Ireland’s, biggest global success stories. It is fitting that there be an attraction of substance in their home city that both celebrates and showcases their achievements. We fully expect the U2 visitor centre to become one of Dublin’s ‘must-visit’ attractions for tourists. In the same way that Liverpool celebrates The Beatles, it makes sense that Dublin will finally have a U2 visitor attraction. U2 are a major calling card for Dublin and Ireland and it makes sense that we celebrate that fact.”
Mr McQueen added “Dublin Chamber’s research has identified the significant positive contribution that music tourism makes to the Dublin economy. This is particularly notable whenever U2 – who have tens of millions of fans around the world - play a concert in Dublin, with fans flocking to see the band in their ‘hometown’. The number of tourists visiting Dublin is growing at a fast pace and there’s a good opportunity to grow numbers further in the coming years. In order for this to happen, it is vital that the city’s tourism offering is enhanced, with improvements to existing attractions and, crucially, the addition of new attractions. Locating the centre on Hanover Quay will offer a new branch to Dublin’s tourist trail, opening up opportunities for other businesses in the surrounding area.”