‘Speak up soon for South Down tourism’ – SDLP

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Friday, June 1st, 2012
Elected representatives in the SDLP South Down Team want local people who make their living from tourism to speak up and make their voice heard in the corridors of power. Their first opportunity will come on 8th June when local tourism and accommodation providers are invited to come to Warrenpoint Town Hall to meet each other and discuss common problems. “There are various initiatives and different agencies involved in tourism but it is all very disjointed,” said MLA Karen Mckevitt. “In our team we came to the conclusion that what is missing is the voice of the stakeholders, the people in the front line. In this area they have no organisation that speaks directly for them or focuses on their problems. “Self-help has been at the heart of successful tourism initiatives elsewhere in Ireland. Our main speaker will be Fiona Buckley who is Head of Operations for Fáilte Ireland in Cork/Kerry. We will also be focusing on digital marketing and brand building with communications expert Wayne Denner. The forum will be chaired by former UTV presenter Fearghal McKinney.” She added, “We hope that this forum will provide the opportunity for the creation of a body to speak up for local tourism providers and make their voices heard where the big economic and infrastructure decisions are being made.”
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