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Time our tourism industry got its act together

I recently returned from a short break on the north Antrim coast and feel obliged to highlight how we still seem unable to display any professional aptitude when it comes to looking after tourists visiting the area.

On visiting our much-lauded top tourist destination, the Giant's Causeway, I was shocked to witness the almost complete lack of basic facilities currently provided for visitors. While I fully appreciate that a new visitor centre is in the process of being built, I could not believe the almost complete absence of facilities.

Thanks to a lack of parking spaces, visitors are required to leave their vehicles in a car park in nearby Bushmills and take 'park and ride' buses to the Causeway. On arrival, they are dropped off and left to their own devices until they are collected again. Similarly, tourist coaches must drop off their passengers and leave the Causeway area before returning later.

In the interim, tourists must spend hours in all weathers, with virtually no shelter, eating places or toilet facilities.

It is about time that the National Trust, Tourist Board and Moyle council collectively got their acts together and provided temporary facilities for tourists visiting our prime tourist destination.

Understandably, many people I spoke to were unimpressed by their Causeway experience. All this does not bode well for the north coast's aspiration of holding a major golf event in the future.

TONY ANDERSON

Belfast

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