Tuesday’s Giro d‘Italia Hall of Fame event at the Giant’s Causeway, organised by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, attracted interest from a large group of cycling media from across the globe.
The cycling journalists came over as guests of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland and couldn’t resist the opportunity to get on their bikes and try out some of the Giro route.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, today congratulated legendary cyclist Stephen Roche on being inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame.
The Minister was speaking at the Causeway Hotel, at an event to honour the former Giro winner, who becomes only the third rider to be inducted into the race’s roll of honour.
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy and Education Minister John O’Dowd are urging schoolchildren to take part in two competitions linked to the Giro d’Italia – the world’s second largest bike race taking place in Northern Ireland this year.
To maximise the local impact of the event taking place in May, the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and the Department of Education (DE) have joined forces with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), Sustrans and the Public Health Agency (PHA) to create a supporting programme of events and activities to inspire schools to ‘Think Pink’ and spread Giro fever across Northern Ireland.
TV personality and sustainability expert Dick Strawbridge has delivered the keynote address to tourism businesses and organisations from across Northern Ireland taking a masterclass in improving their green credentials and profitability.
The ‘Green Tourism - Making it Work’ Masterclass at Ballymena’s Ecos Environmental Centre tackled the 'how to' of sustainable tourism through a series of practical workshops.
The Castle Espie Wetlands Centre in County Down has been awarded a four-star rating under the NITB’s Quality Grading Scheme for Visitor Attractions.
The popular wildlife reserve has accomplished the ‘excellent’ rating in just the second year of participating in the scheme, following a three-star ‘very good’ rating a year ago.
Londonderry will once again be in the media spotlight when the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to the city later this year, Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has said.
Speaking in Singapore, where the Derry-Londonderry branded Clipper is due to stopover along with the rest of the fleet, Arlene Foster said: “The Clipper Race is the world’s largest ocean race, covering 40,000 miles and visiting 15 ports on six continents.
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