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Tourist Board ‘completely omits’ County Tyrone

15 April, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Claire McGill has called upon DETI Minister Nigel Dodds to detail the spend by the NI Tourist Board, in terms of advertising, on each of the six counties in the last year after it transpired that the statutory agency charged with promoting tourism here had completely omitted any mention of attractions in County Tyrone when it launched an expensive advertising campaign in Dublin based papers a fortnight ago as part of a major drive to attract visitors to the six counties.

Claire McGill said,

"Tyrone has as many, if not more, worthwhile tourist attractions than any other county in Ireland never mind the six counties.

"For the NI Tourist Board to completely omit mention of even one attraction in the County in this advertising offensive in Dublin based newspapers has angered many local people who work day in, day out to promote local visitor attractions which are so important to the vibrancy of the local economy.

"There is a widespread perception in Tyrone that we don't get a fair share of the cake in terms of the NI Tourist Boards resources and investment and on foot of what has now happened I have asked Nigel Dodds to detail what the statutory agency has spend, in terms of advertising, in Tyrone, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, Antrim, and Armagh in the last year." ENDS

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