One tourism strategy is only way forward - McLaughlin

Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)
Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin, believes the only way tourism can progress in the North of Ireland is through a “one tourism strategy”.

Responding to the review of the NI Tourist Board and wider tourism structures Ms. McLaughlin.

“Sinn Féin has argued for some time that three different bodies promoting tourism across Ireland is not the best model for delivery,” she said

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

Ms. McLaughlin went on to say the best way to attract visitors to Ireland is by promoting the country as a whole and not as “two separate players”.

“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 history of the Free Derry area ,Derry Walls ,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,” she said.