Minister ‘tempted’ by Open Championship tourism sector deal - Campbell

29 November 2018

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell wants events such as next year’s Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club to be incorporated into the recently announced potential tourism sector deal.

Gregory Campbell MP

DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office

Gregory Campbell

Mr Campbell said  “The Government has signalled its intention to deliver a landmark sector deal for the UK tourism industry to attract more domestic and overseas visitors and help drive major economic growth.  The Secretary of State responsible for tourism Jeremy Wright MP confirmed to the Tourism Industry Council that the Government will begin negotiations with the sector on an ambitious Industrial Strategy sector deal that will benefit the whole of the UK.

During Questions in the House of Commons last week, I asked the Minister at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department Richard Harrington MP “Does the Minister think that it would be a good idea to incorporate into the tourism sector deal a fantastic one-off event that occurs next year, after 68 years’ absence, when the Open Championship returns to the Royal Portrush golf club?”  The Minister replied, “What a tempting idea!

This will be only the second time that the prestigious British Open Golf Championship has been held outside England or Scotland and to see it return to Portrush for the second time presents an opportunity to promote not just the North Coast, but Northern Ireland as a whole. As one of the major world international sporting events to be held in Northern Ireland next year, this fantastic one-off event could potentially form part of a tourism sector deal to help assist and grow the value and employment of the tourist industry as well as acting as a catalyst for the economy of the region.”

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