Local MP attends launch of Tourism Ireland’s 2012 campaign

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy and Mayor of Belfast Niall O' Donnghaile with executives from Tourism Ireland at last week's launch in London

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy has attended the launch of Tourism Ireland’s 2012 campaign in London.

Mr Murphy was among 200 guests at the event which saw local politicians Martin McGuinness, Peter Robinson and others rubbing shoulders with stars including Eamon Holmes and Christine Bleakley. Legendary musician Van Morrison provided entertainment on the night.

Mr Murphy said, “I was pleased to be invited to this event as I believe the North and in particular my constituency of Newry Armagh has as much to offer tourists to Ireland as any other part of the island.

“Currently the majority of our tourists come from Britain so it makes sense to launch this campaign here in London to highlight to as many people as possible what Ireland has to offer.

He continued, “This year we will see the opening of the flagship Titanic visitor centre in Belfast and next year Derry will be a hive of activity as ‘City of Culture’. In this area we have a wealth of natural beauty on our doorsteps with the Ring of Gullion and the historic nature of Armagh City and Navan Fort so there is much to be promoted.

“I hope that this event creates a lot of interest in holidaying in Ireland and that many of these visitors will choose to spend time in Newry, Armagh and South Armagh. This will generate much needed spending in the local economy and will further help promote our area to a wider audience”


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