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Two Visitor Experience Plans are being developed for the Mourne and Ring of Gullion Experience and the Mourne Coastal Experience, including Strangford Lough to Carlingford Lough and St Patrick.

The Visitor Experience Plans will play a critical role in creating ‘EPIC’ visitor experiences, adding to the overall destination and assisting businesses to deliver Experiential, Personalised, Iconic and Immersive, Creative ‘EPIC’ moments.

The plans will give local businesses an opportunity to work with agencies, Council officers and business operators to develop new experiences aligned with the destination’s underlying focus on ‘Mountains, Myths and Maritime’.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council hairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “The preparation of the Experience Development Plans will involve important decisions and developments which have the potential to make a positive contribution not only to tourism, but to the wider economic development in the District.”

Councillor Mulgrew continued, “Through attracting new markets, and increasing both dwell time and daily spend, these plans will assist in job creation and in spreading the benefits of tourism across the District, while at the same time recognising the need to protect the special environmental character of Newry, Mourne and Down.”

To promote further discussion, a series of interactive workshops are taking place throughout the District and tourism businesses are encouraged to attend one of these;

Tuesday 13 June in the Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel from 10am to 1pm

Wednesday 14 June in The Burrendale Hotel, Newcastle from 10am to 1pm

Thursday 15 June in The Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint from 10am to 1pm

Tuesday 20 June in Down County Museum, Downpatrick from 10am to 1pm

Wednesday 21 June in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Wednesday 21 June in Ti Chulainn, Mullaghbane from 3pm to 5pm

To register your attendance contact Newry Visitor Information Centre on 028 3031 3170 email newryvic@nmandd.org or Newcastle Visitor Information Centre on 028 4372 2222 email newcastle.vic@nmandd.org.

Caption: The majestic view of one of the area’s prime natural tourism assets – Carlingford Lough from the Flagstaff viewpoint.

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