‘All Ireland approach needed to enhance tourism’ – Fearon

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Sinn Féín MLA Megan Fearon has said that an all Ireland approach would enhance tourism. fearon15Speaking to Newry Times, Fearon said, “Ireland is among the world’s most popular tourism destinations and for good reason,” she said. “In the north alone we have several spots of immense beauty including the Ring of Gullion, the Mourne Mountains, historic Armagh and Cranfield Bay as well as better know attractions such as The Giant’s Causeway, the Dark Hedges and the Glens of Antrim. “At present the Wild Atlantic Way does not include Antrim or Derry while Ireland’s Ancient East profess to bring visitors on ‘an immersive journey of discovery through 5000 years of history’ but how can you tell ancient Ireland’s story without including the Ring of Gullion, which inspired the tales of Cú Chulainn, the Gap of the North, which shaped Irish history or Downpatrick, the burial place of our patron saint? “Thanks to global franchises like Star Wars and Game of Thrones places like Skellig Michael, the Inishowen Peninsula and Downhill Strand are generating great interest from all over the world.
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September 2016“We need to enhance our tourist opportunities by ensuring that there is joint marketing of tourist assets north and south. In tourism, as with most other sectors, Ireland is stronger together,” she insisted. Slieve Gullion Councillor Terry Hearty, who chairs the Council’s Tourism Task and Finish Group, said tourism could be a huge economy in the area but could only reach its full potential if promoted along with its natural hinterlands across the border. “The future of tourism in Newry, Mourne and Down is in working with our natural hinterlands across the border. Promoting the Cooley Peninsula, Ring of Gullion and Mourne Mountains as one destination would be a real international draw,” he said.
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