Without a hotel Ballycastle will lose out

7 01 2012


Following the excellent news that the 2012 Irish Open Golf is to be hosted in Portrush, SDLP Moyle Councillor Dónal Cunningham fears that lack of hotel provision in Ballycastle will see the town miss out on the knock on effects of what will be a world class event on our doorstep.
He said: “Our local town economy is likely to miss out on the significant potential tourism spend which this event will attract.
“I would restate my recommendation made last year that an all-party working group made up of the town councillors meet with the relevant government departments and the Tourist Board to discuss the hotel issue and possible solutions to it.
“Ballycastle has a lot to offer visitors with its wealth of history, the natural beauty in and around the town as well as its proximity to the Glens, Rathlin and the Causeway.
“As a seaside town, Ballycastle has excellent static caravan parks and bed and breakfast establishments but, lacks quality hotel accommodation.
“The local economy needs people to stay over in the town, to shop in our local shops, eat in our restaurants and to drink in our pubs and clubs. A boost in the town’s hotel provision would doubtless have a positive economic effect