Derry key to tourism push

Three major events on Derry’s calendar for next year are to feature prominently in a new campaign promoting the north as a tourist destination in 2012.

Launching the 2012 ‘Your Time, Our Place’ initiative in Dublin last week, tourism minister Arlene Foster said next year “will be an unprecedented opportunity for Northern Ireland to showcase our offering to the world and take our story to a global audience”.

Among the major events being used to promote the north are the Peace One Day concert scheduled for Ebrington on June 21 and the unveiling of artist Deborah Werner’s Coastal Installation, also scheduled for next June.

The July homecoming leg of the Clipper round the world race and the four day maritime festival that will accompany it are also featured on 2012 ‘Your Time, Our Place’ events list.

Ms Foster said the Derry events, and others set to take place next year across Northern Ireland, could be a massive boost to the north’s economy.

“We expect this programme to significantly boost visitor numbers well beyond 2012, generating an additional £140 million in revenue for the Northern Ireland economy and create over 3,500 jobs,” she said.