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Check-in welcome for Irish Open

Published: 07 February 2012

Belfast International Airport is using over forty screens in the Check-in Hall to give a warm welcome to the decision to bring the Irish Open to Royal Portrush.

Belfast International Airport is using over forty screens in the Check-in Hall to give a warm welcome to the decision to bring the Irish Open to Royal Portrush.

The message welcome to the “World Capital of Golf” over a photograph of the famous North Antrim links course.

As well as the screens, the airport has announced plans to brand the Arrivals Hall and Check-in in the run-up to the June-July tournament.

Belfast International Airport Business Development Director, Uel Hoey, said: “This decision will be a major boost for tourism and we will do all we can to make it a resounding success.

“The event will be watched by millions worldwide and it’s essential we do all we can to capitalise on the mood. We have some of the best courses in the world and with golf so popular, there’s every reason for visitors to come here.

“Properly developed, tourism can cushion Northern Ireland from some of the worst effects of the global downturn. The potential is phenomenal but for us to make the most of the opportunity, we have to have direct access.

“As the principal ‘gateway’ for air passengers, Belfast International is working alongside Government to press home the case with airlines that Northern Ireland is a good place to do business and we are capable of sustaining a range of new long-haul services.

“It’s no secret that we would be keen to encourage existing and new carriers to provide links to Canada and extend our reach into mainland Europe.

“The Irish Open at Portrush and, of course, the Titanic centenary, give us every reason to say to these important carriers that we are open for business. It will require some Government funding, but the returns in terms of visitor numbers and job and wealth creation will more than justify the investment”.

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