‘More should be done to promote Mournes’ – Ruane

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that NI Tourist Board must do more to promote the Mournes and surrounding district in order to increase the tourist industry in the region. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, ‘Myself and fellow MLA Chris Hazzard held a meeting with the NITB in order to look at ways of increasing the tourist potential of South Down. South Down has some of the most beautiful geographical features on the island from the Mourne Mountains to pristine beaches as well as history stretching from St Patrick through to the present day.” “Now that the Minister has ruled out a National Park in the Mournes we emphasised the need for the NITB to take on the challenge of making them one of the premier attractions on the island. Ruane added, “South Down has massive tourism potential if it is marketed and branded successfully but we also need an upgrade in infrastructure to complete the task that is why I raised the issue of the Narrow Water Bridge. “I look forward to working with the NITB in the future to see that South Down maximises its potential and builds a tourism industry that could be the catalyst for economic regeneration in the area.”
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