‘Festival of Flight major economic driver in Newcastle economy’ – Clark

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Monday, January 6th, 2014
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed a recent evaluation report presented to the Culture and Economic Development Committee regarding the success of the ‘Festival of Flight’ which took place in Newcastle during August.

Councillor Clarke

Councillor Clarke described the findings from the survey of both Newcastle businesses and visitors to the seaside town at the Festival of Flight as largely very positive and great news regarding the increased visitor figures and money spent in the local economy. Clarke stated, “Over the last number of years Down District Council has continued to develop and promote Newcastle as a tourist destination and has seen the importance of tourism events throughout the year such as the Festival of Flight and Hallotides as key drivers in attracting visitor’s money being spent in the local economy. “The recent evaluation report presented to the Culture and Economic Development committee meeting highlights the tremendous success of both the Festival of Flight and Hallotides in Newcastle which both continue to see increased visitors to Newcastle and Down District and a boost to the local and night time economy. “Following the Festival of Flight there was an increase in 2013 in the number of visitors staying overnight in Newcastle in hotels, guest houses, B & B’s, caravan, campsite and motor homes,” he revealed. “Visitor financial spend was also increased in 2013 on meals, drinks, accommodation, and retail shopping, with the major increase within the hospitality and accommodation sections.” Clarke added, “However it is very widely acknowledged that the Festival of Flight in Newcastle has now become one of the major economic drivers in the local economy and major tourist destinations attractions in Down District and Northern Ireland with many visitors attending from Ireland, GB and other parts of Europe.”
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