Armoy Road Races generate tourism boost

. Local hotelier, Trevor Kane of the Bayview Hotel, Portballintraew is pictured after last year's Supersport 2 race, with 1st place winner, William Dunlop, 2nd place, Guy Martin and 3rd place Dean Harrison.
. Local hotelier, Trevor Kane of the Bayview Hotel, Portballintraew is pictured after last year's Supersport 2 race, with 1st place winner, William Dunlop, 2nd place, Guy Martin and 3rd place Dean Harrison.

The annual Armoy Road Races, which take place on 29th and 30th July, will once again benefit the local tourism industry by boosting visitor numbers to the area.

Now in its eight year, Armoy Road Races continue to attract large crowds of spectators and bike enthusiasts.

Following last year’s record number of spectators who attended the event, the race organisers are confident that they’re on course for another vast turn out.

Chairman of the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, William Munnis said, “The Armoy Road Races is well established in the calendar of events that take place in the Causeway Coast and Glens. Now a week long event, the races encourage visitors to stay in the vicinity and gives them the opportunity to visit some local attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway, along with other local tourists attractions such as the Dark Hedges as well as our beautiful coast and glens.

“Armoy and the surrounding area has so much to offer visitors and we appreciate the support we receive as it is essential that we attract people to the area to sustain businesses and to keep our economy afloat. If the Armoy Road Races helps to highlight the area in some way, then we are incredibly proud of that.”

Local hotelier, Trevor Kane who owns the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae and sponsors the Supersport Race 2 said, “The continued growth and popularity of the Armoy Road Races really is testament to the effort and support put in by the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club. To have such a great event, which is unique to the area, just on our doorstep is a brilliant opportunity for encouraging visitors to stay and enjoy all the area has to offer.

“I wouldn’t miss the road races and more importantly I see visitors return to Armoy each year and also to the Bayview Hotel because of them. We have tourists from across Ireland, North and South, as well as international road racing fans coming to the races. This leads to money going straight into the local economy as the visitors support local businesses.”

The Armoy Road Races is part funded by Tourism Northern Ireland and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. Bike Week runs from Sunday 24th July until Saturday 30th July 2016 with the SGS International ‘Race of Legends’ featuring on the Saturday 30th July 2016.

For more information visit www.amrrc.com or search for ‘AMRRC’ on Facebook and join the official fan page and you can also follow us on twitter at @ArmoyRoadRaces.