McGuinness tells US business leaders of Derry’s ‘great year’

.Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 20th March 2012 - ''PRESS RELEASE IMAGE''Visit to USA and Canada by Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.''Meeting between Barack Obama, President of the United States of America and First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness,''Pictured left to right are:  deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, First Minister Peter Robinson and President Barack Obama.''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
.Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 20th March 2012 - ''PRESS RELEASE IMAGE''Visit to USA and Canada by Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.''Meeting between Barack Obama, President of the United States of America and First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness,''Pictured left to right are: deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, First Minister Peter Robinson and President Barack Obama.''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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The north’s deputy first minister has told some of America’s most influential business figures of the “great year” that lies ahead for Derry.

Martin McGuinness, and the north’s first Minster Peter Robinson, this morning addressed a packed reception in Washington DC’s Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre.

Recent visit to USA and Canada by Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Recent visit to USA and Canada by Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Mr McGuinness told more than 400 delegates that there is much “untapped tourism potential in the north.”

“In a few months the opening of the new Visitor Centre at the Giant’s Causeway will provide a real and meaningful interpretive experience at the north’s only World Heritage site while the visit of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to Derry in July will be a wonderful prelude to the great year that lies ahead as City of Culture in 2013. Allied to our renowned warmth and hospitality, the north is now a must see tourist destination,” he said.

Yesterday Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness updated US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the ‘ni2012’ project during a series of meetings with senior politicians and key business people in the nation’s capital.

Later the north’s two most senior politicians met President Obama at the White House