South Armagh must be showcased in golf tourism trip

South Armagh must be showcased in golf tourism trip

CLLR Pete Byrne.

Michael Scott

Reporter:

Michael Scott

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editor@newrydemocrat.com

Tuesday 14 August 2018 9:41

SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has called for South Armagh to be showcased during an upcoming international golf familiarisation trip organised in conjunction with Tourism NI.

Cllr Byrne said, "In order to tap into the tourism potential of next year’s Open Championship in Portrush, the Council has committed to spend £5,000 in conjunction with Tourism Northern Ireland to target international tour operators to promote golfing destinations within our district.

"As a Councillor for South Armagh, I am keen to ensure that golfing destinations in my area get the most out of this opportunity.

"It is important that Ashfield in Cullyhanna and Cloverhill in Mullaghbane are showcased along with other popular golf courses in our district. Golf tourism offers real opportunities for the local hospitality industry especially for our hotels and B&Bs. Tourism NI has recognised the potential of golf tourism, so much so it has a vision of creating a £1billion industry through its Golf Tourism Strategy by 2020."

He concluded, "190,000 people are set to visit the province during next years Open Championship and it is right that the Council invests in showcasing this district. As always, I’m keen to see every part of our district benefiting and I have asked for the local hospitality industry particularly our golf courses to be informed of the potential opportunities that next years Championship will bring."

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