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The sky is the limit for Northern Ireland tourism says Bell

Junior Minister Jonathan Bell has attended the 10th Anniversary of the Northern Ireland International Airshow today in the picturesque setting of West Bay, Portrush.
Saturday, 3 September 2011

Junior Minister Bell gets his ‘future pilot’ wings from air-cadet Curtis Fletcher
Junior Minister Bell gets his ‘future pilot’ wings from air-cadet Curtis Fletcher

Admission was free to the event, hailed as the biggest Airshow in Ireland, which featured its strongest line up ever of aerial acrobatics, sea displays and ground acts including Tornado jets and helicopter flights.

Minister Bell said: “In the past decade this event has grown from strength to strength and has continued to increase visitor appeal to the North Coast. From the thrilling aerial acts through to the fun entertainment on the ground there is something for all the family. I want to congratulate the organisers, Coleraine Borough Council, and supporting partners for making this event such a huge success.

“Key tourism events, such as the International Airshow, not only play an important role in contributing to our economy by significantly increasing visitor numbers and spend, but also help to showcase Northern Ireland as a ‘must see’ destination.”

The Minister continued: “By hosting this spectacular Airshow Northern Ireland has again shown its expertise at hosting major events. As well as providing local people with a display of daring and dexterity the Airshow has attracted many overseas visitors; helping local businesses in these difficult times and proving that Northern Ireland is a truly exciting destination to visit.”

Supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Susie McCullough Marketing and Events Director added: “We have witnessed this spectacular event grow in popularity over the years and we welcome that it has evolved its offering, responding to the needs and demands of its participants and spectators. The new attractions such as the Vulcan Bomber which has only recently returned to the skies and the extensive ground entertainment is testament to this. It is of utmost importance that throughout tourism we are always striving to improve the visitor experience, provide reasons for them to return and encourage them to explore more of Northern Ireland.”

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