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Potential £30m tourism boost for Lisburn and Castlereagh economy

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council have announced that up to £30million could be injected into the Lisburn Castlereagh economy through the tourism sector.

The council's tourism vision was launched at an event in the Tower of London on Tuesday attended by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shailesh Vara MP.

Jointly hosted by Historic Royal Palaces, the charity behind the £20 million redevelopment of Hillsborough Castle, the event marked the start of the Council’s investment programme and investors including Hotel and Commercial Developers learned of the vast opportunities that will be presented when the transformation of Hillsborough Castle is completed in 2019. 

It is hoped that the project will inspire wider tourism development of the Council area.

Guests were treated to a real taste of Lisburn Castlereagh with local produce from Carnbrooke Meats, Brambleberry Jams, Abernethy Butter, Hughes Distillery and Hilden Brewery.

Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Northern Ireland Office said the reopening of Hillsborough Castle would be a boost to the areas tourism offering.

"Hillsborough Castle has played an important role in the history of Northern Ireland politics with many crucial meetings taking place there over the years. But, tonight, we are looking ahead and to Historic Royal Palace’s impressive ambition for the Castle’s future," she said.

"I look forward to the official reopening this summer when I’m sure the Castle will, once again, become a significant attraction in Lisburn & Castlereagh's already vibrant tourism market."

Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr. Theresa Donaldson said the council area was set to see a large period of economic growth.

"We are fortunate to have many great tourism assets and world-class events in our area but it is the drive and ambition of the Council working with public and private partnerships that will see Lisburn Castlereagh experience its biggest period of economic growth," she said. 

"The additional spend in our area due to our enhanced offering and the creation of jobs will have a significant impact on our region."

The Tower of London ‘Treasured Opportunities’ was the first event of the Council’s five-day investment programme in London, which will also include a networking event in partnership with Sir. Jeffrey Donaldson and a dedicated food and drink trade mission to the city.

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