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Tourist Board review must consider greater all-island integration - Flanagan

14 November, 2013 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan, who is the Deputy Chair of the Assembly's Enteprise, Trade & Investment Committee, responding to the announced review of the NI Tourist Board said:

"This review is very welcome provided that it actually looks at the best possible delivery mechanisms for the promotion and development of the tourism sector.

"Sinn Féin has argued for some time that 13 different bodies promoting tourism across Ireland is not the best model for delivery. The indication from the Minister is that her preferred delivery model would be closely aligned with that of Invest NI.

"What this review actually needs to consider is the potential benefits for the economy if greater integration were to occur across tourism on the whole of Ireland.

"When people around the world look at potential destinations to visit, they look at Ireland as a single location and not two separate places. It is vital that our tourism promotion bodies embrace this reality and promote the island and all its attractions as a whole.

"If attractions like the Ring of Kerry, the Giants Causeway, the Marble Arch Caves and Cliffs of Moher were packaged as a single destination, more and more people would strongly consider coming here on holidays."

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