Council’s new tourism strategy welcomed

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Friday, September 18th, 2015
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Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty has welcomed the creation of a tourism specific board in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Sinn Fein's Terry Hearty

Sinn Fein’s Terry Hearty

The Tourism Strategy Task and Finish Project Board will meet once a month to develop new tourism strategies for the area. The Slieve Gullion councillor, who will chair the new board, said, “One of the advantages of the new council area is the opportunity to revamp and expand our entire tourism strategy. From Culloville to Strangford there is an untold wealth of sights and experiences to be had and, as ever, our people are our greatest resource and attraction. “This area has immense untapped potential to be a real tourist destination, which is why I felt that tourism needed its own dedicated grouping rather than being lumped into one committee with several other responsibilities. “We’ll be working with both Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland as well as partnering up with other strategic bodies and the business community to turn that potential into a reality. Hearty continued, “We’ll be examining the area’s strengths and current attractions to see how they can be improved or better promoted. We’ll also be looking at some of the difficulties unique to this part of the country such as different currencies and exchange rates. “Tourism infrastructure such as information centres and accommodation will also be a key area for us, as will looking at ways of packaging different parts of the district as one experience. “There is also enormous potential in teaming up with County Louth to really expand the Mourne Cooley and Gullion Geotourism project and that in turn will have a positive effect on other cross border projects. He added, “This is a really exciting and essential project and one that has the potential to really deliver for the entire area.”

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