C. S. Lewis ‘Narnia Trail’ in Rostrevor moves one step closer
The decision by Newry and Mourne Council to move forward with plans to develop a Heritage Trail in Rostrevor based on the world famous Narnia Chronicles have been described as having the potential to promote Rostevor as an international tourism destination.
And Councillor Connaire McGreevy, the Chair of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, said it was vital that the right support and planning behind the project was given “every possible level of community and political support.”
Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.
Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.
C. S. Lewis’s most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia.
“We have in Rostrevor and surrounding area a gold plated tourism opportunity, one that can generate unprecedented tourism footfall on a wide range of fronts,” McGreevy told Newry Times.
“The works of C. S. Lewis, with the Narnia Chronicles as the centrepiece, are a magical collection. They have captured the imagination of millions around the world.
“The Council’s Economic Development Committee has been keen to put in place the necessary framework to ensure that as a community we can project the Rostrevor area in a way that showcases the unique relationship we have with C.S. Lewis.
“That’s why the decision to seek the appointment of a specialist company to both design the Narnia Trail and to eventually Project Manage the scheme is such a significant step. The tourism market, both on a local and international scale, is one that will continue to grow.
“However it is a very competitive sector. That is why when we have such a major tourism resource on our doorstep we have to be prepared to commit the necessary energy and expertise to ensure that we don’t waste what is a huge opportunity,” Councillor McGreevy added.
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