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Dunamoy Cottages and Spa, a countryside retreat in rural Ballyclare, has successfully become the first firm in Newtownabbey to be graded as a Green Tourism business, (1 of only 13 in Northern Ireland) receiving a Silver Award.
During a busy year the business implemented a range of new green procedures and technology, to become much more energy efficient. Rain water was diverted to feed a mini lake, native planting and flowers were used to attract more wildlife to the site including a wild flower meadow grown from seeds from Kew Gardens.
Enterprise, Trade & Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, today officially announced the completion of new environmental improvement works to Castlerock promenade and Whiterocks coastal park.
The infrastructure improvements form part of an overarching regeneration scheme in Portrush and its surrounding area.
Speaking at today’s launch in Portrush, Arlene Foster said: “Castlerock and Whiterocks are important initiatives in promoting sustainable tourism for the North Coast area and will help to create a legacy that will bring longer-term benefits in terms of our tourism economy and job creation.
The North West 200 is showcasing Northern Ireland on the international stage, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has said.
Speaking at the official race launch at Titanic Belfast, Arlene Foster said: “Year after year the NW200 continues to bring massive positive exposure for Northern Ireland on an international stage and generates substantial visitor numbers and spend. The facts speak for themselves. Results taken from a recent independent economic impact study show in 2012 the North West 200 attracted nearly 50,000 visitors, generating an economic return of £2million to the Northern Ireland economy.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has launched a strategy which aims to grow the value of golf tourism to £50million a year by 2020.
Launching the new Tourism Northern Ireland Golf Strategy, Arlene Foster said: “The vision of the strategy is to grow the value of golf tourism to £50million per annum by 2020, and in doing so to remind golfers worldwide that Northern Ireland is where golf champions are born and play. As a sport, as a business and as a tourism asset, golf operates on a worldwide scale so there has never been a better time for Northern Ireland, the Home of Champions, to formulate a new strategy to tap into its potential.
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