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New planning policy for tourism must target rural areas – Cathal Boylan

18 June, 2013 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said that rural areas must be to the fore in tourism planning. The party’s Environment spokesperson was responding after Minister Alex Atwood's statement on tourism.

The Newry and Armagh MLA and member of the Assembly's Environment Committee said:

The Newry and Armagh MLA said,

"While I welcome today's planning policy statement I am keen that rural communities are not forgotten.

"That is why I directly questioned the Minister about the potential of rural communities in developing business ideas under the new proposals.

"There are opportunities to fully utilise rural tourism potential including the promotion of self-catering accommodation and guest houses that can target the angling community.

"While this new planning policy will go some way to promoting and facilitating rural tourism more needs to be done to develop a proper rural tourism strategy."

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