McKevitt welcomes better beach scores

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Friday, May 18th, 2012
SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt said improved water quality scores at local beaches are good news for tourism, which is key to our future prosperity. Commenting on the latest Good Beach Guide, McKevitt spoke to Newry Times and said: “Everyone will be glad to see Newcastle back on the pass list, along with Tyrella and Cranfield which have real star quality. It is absolutely essential that we achieve and maintain good water quality at these beaches because one bad headline can obliterate years of hard work marketing and branding the area as a holiday destination.” She added, “We have got to get serious about tourism, which is one of the few economic growth areas in which we actually can control our own destiny. We need better community involvement and commitment because these beaches are judged on a whole range of criteria including parking and litter. We took a big step forward last year when Environment Minister Alex Attwood convened the first Good Beach Summit. It is time to look at local initiatives to ensure that these key economic assets are maintained in best condition.”
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