As the Armaghi writes, the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is considering spending £5,340 to send a representative overseas to attend three separate cruise trade shows to scope out potential and make contacts!
Cruise trade shows are described as the industry’s premier events, bringing together buyers, suppliers and cruise line executives, with the benefit of networking, sourcing and education.
The matter is to be considered at council’s enterprise, regeneration and tourism committee when it meets on Monday (yesterday).
The trio of events – to be held in Russia, Portugal and the United States – would allow those attending “an opportunity to build relationships with key cruise operators and has the potential to grow the cruise market into Warrenpoint”.
An official report to committee will inform councillors that the opportunities from the ‘pocket cruise market’ have been identified in council’s tourism strategy and it should be seen as a priority to grow this.
It states: “The council are actively working on package development with the tourism industry which will help improve the tourism offering for cruise passengers, to encourage them to stay in the district and to generate tourism revenue within the district when ships are in port.
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