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McGahan calls for investment into tourist attractions

Published: 14 May, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed the actions being taken to promote and encourage tourism potential in the Clogher Valley area, including promoting and developing the tourism potential of Fardross and Knockmany Forest Parks.

Ms McGahan was speaking after she raised the issue with the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Assembly.

"The Minister has assured me that Tourism NI undertakes marketing activity throughout the year showcasing the many, varied experiences available here in the North.

"Exploring our forest parks and related activities such as mountain biking, walking and outdoor pursuits are popular activities all promoted through Tourism NI's marketing channels including its consumer website www.discovernorthernireland.com, its social media channels and through PR/Media activity.

"The Minister also explained how the website consistently receives high volumes of traffic seeking information on the Forest Parks in the North and Fardross and Knockmany Forest Parks are both listed on the website.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA continues,

"There has also been a destination focus on the Tyrone and Sperrins region in November 2014. This activity included press trips, editorial features in the press, competitions, a Discover NI website takeover where Tyrone and Sperrins information was at the forefront, social media activity and e-zines with a Tyrone and Sperrins focus.

"While I welcome this activity around the promotion of Fardross and Knockmany Forest Parks, I would encourage the same increased effort into other tourist attractions across Fermanagh and Tyrone. During a time where investment is scarce and unemployment is high, tourism is a vital source of income. If we invest in our areas of natural beauty and our tourist attractions, we will therefore see more visitors and tourists coming to the area, resulting in job creation and a boost to local trade and economy.

"I would also encourage tourism enterprises in this region to register on Tourism Ireland's industry opportunities website, for a range of opportunities to promote their businesses across the world. It can be found at http://www.tourismirelandindustryopportunities.com." ENDS