Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey, has called on DETI and the Tourism board to revise the route of Giro d'Italia given that all other parts of Belfast will be showcased except the west of the city which has been excluded from the route.
Speaking today Mr Maskey said:
“I would like to congratulate the local organisers of the Giro d'Italia for successfully bringing one of the most famous cycling races to Belfast.
“However those behind the designing the route have in my opinion made huge error of judgement by excluding West Belfast. North, South and East Belfast are all represented on the route so why not the West?
“The west of the city is a major tourism attraction with, for example, nine out of ten tourists who take a black taxi tour stating that West Belfast is a major draw for them it was a poor decision not to include a vibrant part of Belfast.
“Given the fact that £400,000 is being invested by Belfast City Council all parts of the city should be showcased to this huge international market.
“I will be seeking a meeting with both the Tourism Board and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment officials to seek and explanation for this decision and to press for it to be rectified.”