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