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Loss of SeaCat service will hit tourist industry

19 January, 2005


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Tourism, North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan, has said that the loss of the Belfast to Scotland and the Dublin to Liverpool service will have far reaching consequences for the local tourist industry.

Speaking after a meeting with the management of SeaCat in Stormont today Mr McGuigan said:

" The loss of the SeaCat service will have far reaching consequences for the local tourist industry.

"This service carries 300,000 passengers each year and over 72,000 vehicles each year. This number cannot be met by other existing services. Therefore there will be less people coming to the North. This will impact on the economy locally and the tourist potential in the North. Tourist businesses will be affected and I have already been speaking to tour operators who have lost business.

"The result will be that jobs will be lost and that the potential to develop the tourism industry is weakened. It will also mean less competition which again will impact heavily on consumers." ENDS

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