Tourism Businesses And Council Staff Do Local Tour

Local Tourism Industry Operators Discover South Down’s Hidden Gems

South Down tourism businesses and visitor information centre staff took part in a series of familiarisation trips to tourism destinations organised by Newry Mourne and Down District Council through March.

As part the Council’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainable tourism development, enhance the visitor experience in the destination and foster collaboration within the industry, these familiarisation days showcased the diverse attractions, experiences and offerings available throughout the district.

Members from the local tourism industry visited local attractions and accommodation – Montalto Estate, Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa and the Green holiday cottages in Kilkeel – as part of a series of familiarisation trips organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

From its rich heritage and vibrant culture to its delectable culinary offerings, there is an abundance of tourism experiences on offer and something for everyone to enjoy. 

During the trips, industry members had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Mourne Gullion and Strangford. 

They explored historic sites, took part in both indoor and outdoor activities and sampled the delicious local cuisine, gaining first-hand experience of the unique charm and hospitality of the area.

Some of the tourism officers and business attendees pictured at the Montalto Estate on a tour organised by Newry Mourne and Down District Council.

Participants also had the chance to network with fellow industry professionals, exchange ideas and forge valuable partnerships. 

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Valerie Harte said: “The purpose of the familiarisation tours was to create an awareness amongst the industry of what there is to do and see for visitors.

“The tours were more than just a sightseeing venture, they were a learning journey and extremely important as a catalyst for collaboration.

“As ambassadors for our area, it is essential to be well-informed about the attractions and amenities we have to offer visitors. 

“During the trips, participants were able to uncover the hidden gems, embrace the authentic experiences and hear the stories that will captivate visitors from around the globe, leaving a lasting impression on all who venture here.”