Belfast Telegraph

Police Games offer tourist spend spin-offs

By Clare Weir

Businesses in Carrickfergus are being urged to tap into the benefits of the 2013 World Police -amp; Fire Games being held in Northern Ireland.

More than 25,000 competitors and spectators from over 70 countries are expected to descend on Belfast for the event in August next year, meaning the demand for accommodation in particular will far outstrip supply, presenting opportunities for areas beyond Belfast to capture visitor spend on accommodation, attractions, eating out and shopping.

Carrickfergus Borough Council is hosting an information seminar on behalf of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to highlight business and customer service training opportunities and how to avail of them.

Also on the programme will be information about the variety of ways to become a sponsor of the event.

The Tourist Board's director of business development, Ross Fothergill, who will be among the speakers, urged businesses beyond Belfast to get ready to capitalise on the economic returns that increased visitor numbers can bring.

Mayor of Carrickfergus Alderman Billy Ashe added: "This is a great opportunity for our tourism, leisure and retail businesses."

The event will take place on Tuesday, August 28 from 10.30am to 1.30pm in the Dobbs Room, Town Hall, Carrickfergus. Participants must register to attend by contacting Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre on 028 9335 8049.

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