‘Tourism potential needs infrastructural investment’ – Ruane
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has welcomed the inclusion of The Mournes as a Destination Forum in the Tourism Strategy for the North but said that there needs to be an infrastructural investment if it is to work.
Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ruane said, “There is no doubt the tourist potential of the Mournes and Carlingford area and I welcome the fact that they are not only included in the Tourism Strategy but also feature in the “Go” series of short films highlighting hidden gems of the region. I also welcome the fact that Tourism Ireland, working closely with the Tourist Board and Fáilte Ireland to jointly promote the Mournes and Carlingford region as one.”
“However, the biggest obstacle to implementing a joint strategy is the lack of infrastructure joining up the two regions. At present people are forced along the Dublin corridor that borders the region and therefore many tourists don’t venture into the heart of the region.”
She added, “The Narrow Water Bridge would resolve this problem and allow tourists to venture right through the middle of the area without a major detour. This project is crucial to the development of the tourist industry in the region and I am calling on the Minister Trade and Investment Arlene Foster to join the increasing lobby for this bridge to be completed.”
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