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West Tyrone delegation meet Tourism chief to press the case for investment in the area

Published: 21 July, 2017

John Mc Grillen Chief Executive of TourismNI pictured with Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Dan Kelly and representatives of the business and community sector in West Tyrone.

John Mc Grillen Chief Executive of TourismNI pictured with Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Dan Kelly and representatives of the business and community sector in West Tyrone.

A delegation of community, business and political representatives from West Tyrone has met the Chief Executive of TourismNI, John Mc Grillen to press the case for the Sperrins region to be included in the departments tourism strategy.
The meeting took place at TourismNI headquarters and was organised by Declan Mc Aleer MLA.
Speaking afterwards Mr Mc Aleer said "This was a very thorough 2-hour meeting and we made the case that there is a strong feeling that the Sperrins and its hinterland has not had a fair share of investment and promotion by TourismNI.
"Any analysis of past investment points clearly to the fact that the tourism strategy here is largely focused on a relatively small number of locations but the west fares out very badly.
"TourismNI's own strategic vision 2020 references the importance of iconic landscapes, stand out features and the unique character of the north. They estimate that 78% of visitors to the north are "culture seekers"
"We made the case that the Sperrins and Tyrone has these features in abundance and is oozing with culture and uniqueness. We stated strongly that their new strategy must include this region as it has so much to offer.
"This was a very constructive exchange and was a great opportunity to highlight what the Sperrins has to offer directly to the head of the organisation that has lead responsibility for tourism in the north.
"This was one of a number of meetings which we intend to broaden and continue to help ensure that Sperrins gets the recognition it deserves on future tourism strategies".