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Inishowen businesses pitch for golf tourists 11.02.19

INISHOWEN businesses joined Fáilte Ireland in Belfast last week to showcase the best of Irish courses to golfers from Northern Ireland in a bid to grow visitor numbers from the North.
Golf tourism is a hugely lucrative sector for Ireland and, as a key driver of visitors from Northern Ireland, has been identified by Fáilte Ireland as a priority target as it helps prepare businesses for the impact of Brexit.
As part of this work, the National Tourism Development Authority held its annual ‘Golf Ireland’ event last Thursday with over 40 exhibitors from the finest golf courses throughout Ireland and more than 420 golfing enthusiasts attending from Northern Ireland.
 Thousands of golfing fans descended on Ballyliffin for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open back in July 2018.
Paul Mockler, Head of Commercial Development at Fáilte Ireland, said:
“Golf plays a significant role in Irish tourism. Golf visitors typically spend three times more than the average tourist, with most of their spend going directly into local economies. More than that, the spread of golf courses around the country offers a significant opportunity to boost visitor numbers and drive tourism growth outside of the better-known tourist hot spots.
“At Fáilte Ireland, we also see golf as an important component in our strategy to grow and retain the Northern Irish market in the face of Brexit. The Northern Ireland market is of particular importance to the Irish golf industry - not just for the border counties, but right across the country.”
The following businesses from Inishowen joined Fáilte Ireland at the event in Belfast: Ballyliffin Golf Club, Ballyliffin Townhouse Hotel, Inishowen Gateway Hotel, McGrory's of Culdaff, Redcastle Oceanfront, Golf and Spa Hotel and The Strand Hotel.
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