Management at Fota Wildlife park say Government financial support package a 'big relief'

Management at Fota Wildlife Park say they're relieved after the government announced short-term financial support packages will be provided for the Park and also for Dublin Zoo. 

The popular tourist attraction in Cork has seen visitor numbers decline by 20% due to the impact of COVID19 outbreak.

€1.5 million was lost at the park during lockdown and management say although they recouped some of this during the summer when restrictions eased, vistior numbers remain low during Winter months particularly now during Level5 restrictions.

Speaking to RedFM News Director of Fota Wildlife Park Sean McKeown says the announcement is the boost they needed,

"You know, visitor numbers being down 20%, our income being down 20% as well, we weren't able to do any of the capital work that we had expected to do in 2020 and things going forward the way they are probably not even 2021 or 2022. So, this is fantastic news, a big relief, we look forward to seeing exactly what the government has in mind," he said. 


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