Inishowen businesses pitch for
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
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.