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Tourism Trade visits Antrim and Newtownabbey

05 October 2016

Jennifer Ferris, Lisburn and Hillsborough VIC, The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, John Higgins, Giants Causeway VIC and Stacey Edwards, Kilkeel VIC get up close with some animals at Donegore Hill Open Farm.



Representatives from local Hotels, B&B’s and Self Catering accommodation, as well as frontline staff from Visitor Information Centres (VIC) across Northern Ireland, recently had a chance to sample the delights of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey.

An open invitation was issued to the local tourism trade and VIC staff to visit a range of attractions and sample activities that are available within our Borough. One of the highlights of the tour was Antrim Castle Gardens, one of the most unique and historically intact gardens in the UK and Ireland.

Participants also visited Donegore Hill Open Farm, one of the Borough’s newest visitor attractions which opened this summer, offering visitors an opportunity to get up close to traditional farm animals. In the afternoon, participants visited two attractions in Ballyclare where they got the opportunity to relax at Dunamoy Cottages and Spa and try airsoft games at Borderline Combat Airsoft.  

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott said: ‘I was delighted with the turnout at the familiarisation trip as over 25 people attended. Staff from a wide range of Visitor Information Centres including Kilkeel, Giant’s Causeway and Visit Derry took part and many of our local accommodation providers responded enthusiastically to our invitation. Everyone was delighted to find out about everything that our Borough has to offer visitors, whether for a day trip or longer break and it was a pleasure to be able to share this with our colleagues in the tourism industry.”

Councillor Scott continued: “It is always much easier to tell someone about an attraction if you have seen it for yourself. I hope that all of the Borough’s tourism sector will benefit from this improved knowledge amongst the local trade and Visitor Information Centre staff and we look forward to an increase in visitors from across the Province and further afield.”