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11 Aug 2015

Leading golf journalists enjoy Fermanagh and more

Thousands of golfers in GB, Spain and Scandinavia to read all about our world-class golf

Thousands of golfers – and potential golf holidaymakers for Northern Ireland – are set to read all about the world-class golf in Fermanagh and Northern Ireland, following a recent visit by a group of top golf journalists from Britain, Spain and Scandinavia.

The journalists – who were here to attend the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle – were guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. In addition to watching the pros in action, the influential writers also had the opportunity to test their skills on the venue for the 2017 Irish Open, when they played 18 holes on the Faldo Course at Lough Erne Resort. Earlier in the week, the journalists also had the opportunity to play Galgorm Castle and Darren Clarke’s home course of Dungannon Golf Club. 

Promoting golf in Northern Ireland is a major focus for Tourism Ireland, and David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s deputy head of Britain, said: “We were delighted to invite these leading golf journalists to Fermanagh and Northern Ireland, helping to showcase the world-class golf on offer here to a huge audience of golf enthusiasts and potential holidaymakers. Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way this year, to highlight our world-class golf and encourage more people to consider a golfing holiday in Northern Ireland. Golf is the world’s largest sports-related travel market and we are working hard to drive home the message that a golfing holiday in Northern Ireland is about much more than a round of 18 holes – the combination of our world-class courses and our unique brand of hospitality plays a key role in attracting golfers.” Tour guide Lowell Courtney; Andrew Phelan, general manager Lough Erne Resort; Torsten Pamp, (Sweden); Andy Waple, Sheffield Star (GB); Frits Christensen, Golfavisen (Denmark); Dan Rose, Bournemouth Echo (GB); Jim McCann, (GB); Miguel Angel Barbero Gonzalez, Viajar ABC (Spain); and Lynn McCool, Lough Erne Resort.

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 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2014, Tourism Ireland estimates that almost 1.8 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately £508 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for 30+ markets around the world this year.