The €600,000 expansion at Fota Wildlife Park will result in a tourism boost for Cork as the opening season will be extended during the winter months. The expansion will make the park an weather facility. Stephen Ryan who is head of marketing at Fota explained that “Unlike the existing unique open nature of the wildlife park, this proposed facility will provide the public with access to a series of additional indoor areas. which will be seen as a great benefit to tourists in cold and wet weather,” he said.
Ryan continued “The new facility will extend our visitor season into the winter months and assist Cork hotels with marketing the Cork destination for winter breaks,” he said.
The expansion project which will house native and globally endangered species, is currently the most popular attraction in the South West with 377,000 visitors. It is believed to benefit the local economy by about €167m annually.
The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 and open in early 2014