McKay welcomes Tourism Ni chief to Ballycastle

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Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed a commitment from Tourism NI to work in conjunction with businesses in Ballycastle to help attract greater tourist numbers to the area.

Speaking after inviting the Chief Executive of Tourism NI John McGrillen to come to Ballycastle on Friday to meet with the local Chamber of Commerce Mr McKay said: “There is no doubt in my mind that Ballycastle has increased its tourism appeal over the past couple of years with new businesses being set up and a marked improvement not only at the seafront but through the entire town.

“The issue that needs addressed is ensuring that not only tourists know about what this part of the North Coast has to offer but also the tourism operators, those who run the bus tours through the north, etc.

“Today was a very constructive engagement with the Chief Executive of Tourism NI and given that he has just come into post it is an opportune time to let him know what we feel needs to be done as he sets about his planning for the organisation. He absolutely sees the potential that this part of the North Coast has and that is a good start. I also met with the Chief Executive of the CCG Council today and it will be important that the council act swiftly on ensuring that an economic development plan for Ballycastle is put in place.

“We all know the potential that this place has, I hope that Tourism NI, along with the local council, Tourism Ireland and others will help us to realise it.”