International representatives of the World Police and Fire Games enjoyed a fact-finding visit to Northern Ireland last week, in advance of the Games which take place here this August. The competitors travelled here from the US, Canada, Germany, Spain and GB, as guests of Tourism Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
During their time here, the group visited key sporting venues across Northern Ireland which will be used during the Games, as well as some of Northern Ireland’s tourist attractions including Titanic Belfast, the Ulster American Folk Park and the Giant’s Causeway. On the North Coast they also called in at Royal Portrush Golf Club, where they heard about the club’s history and recent successes including last summer’s Irish Open.
Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland CEO, said: “We were delighted to host this group of international competitors and are confident that, through the positive experience and warm welcome they received during their time here, they will become ambassadors for both the Games and Northern Ireland.
“It is estimated that Northern Ireland will welcome in the region of 25,000 visitors – including 10,000 competitors from around 70 countries – for the World Police and Fire Games. This prestigious event presents us with a fantastic opportunity to highlight Belfast and Northern Ireland around the world as a wonderful holiday destination, as well as a top location for sporting events. We are encouraging visitors to the Games to extend their visit, with lots of suggestions and ideas for things to see and do here.”
The 2013 World Police and Fire Games will take place in Northern Ireland 1st-10th August and will feature 57 sports played at 40 venues. It is a biennial event, commonly referred to as the ‘Olympics’ for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers.
Viewing Fred Daly and Darren Clarke’s British Open golf medals at Royal Portrush Golf Club are Seán Trowlen, World Police and Fire Games; Aubrey Irwin, Tourism Ireland, with competitors José Gomez (Spain), Conny Siefarth (Germany), Steve Gill, team manager for the Police GB track and field team, Mike Cannon (Canada); and Sam Grey (US).
Further media information:
Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 07766 527719
Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
• In 2011, 1.5 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £368 million.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is ireland.com; there are 11 different language versions for 30+ markets around the world.