Slieve Gullion receives 4 Stars in NITB visitor grading scheme

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Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Slieve Gullion Forest Park has recently received a Four Star quality grading by NITB as a Visitor Attraction. A 4 star rating indicates an excellent standard of facilities and services and the grades are based on the standard of facilities and services provided to the visitor. Slieve Gullion was assessed on the Play Park, Tourist Information Office, walks, café area, toilets as well as signage on the roads to the facility. The benefits to having the rating are that research has shown that consumers value star rating provided by tourist boards as they provide 1) reassurance to potential visitors from a recognised and respected organisation 2) An independent quality endorsement. Work is already underway by council officials, staff at the courtyard and other voluntary groups to try and take the recommendations made by NITB on board to try and gain a Five Star rating over the next number of years. Mayor Daire Hughes congratulated all the people involved with keeping Slieve Gullion to such a high standard and with the new Giants Lair Project opening in early 2015 he anticipates that the numbers visiting the area should keep on growing. Caroline Adams, NITB Quality and Standards Manager said, “I am delighted that Slieve Gullion Forest Park, situated in one of Northern Ireland’s key tourism destinations, has achieved four star status. “The quality of the visitor experience is central to the success of any attraction and the introduction of a star rating ensures that local tourism providers can clearly communicate quality standards to visitors and maintain a competitive advantage with the wider industry.”

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