NI CountrySports Fair to boost local economy by over £600,000
A major two-day country sports event has the potential to boost the economy of the Armagh and South Down area by over £600,000, research from NITB has shown.
The Northern Ireland CountrySports Fair, which will be held at Scarvagh House in Co. Armagh (6th and 7th June) will bring an influx of visitors into the new ABC District Council area with the local hospitality sector expected to be one of the main benefactors.
In addition to the anticipated 18,000+ spectators, more than 120 exhibitors from across Ireland and GB are confirmed for the 2015 event. The competitive nature of Fair – which includes gun dog trials, clay pigeon shooting and equestrian events – will also see in excess of 1,000 competitors travel to participate across 85 different classes.
The NITB evaluation of the CountrySports Fair, which was formerly held in Moira, highlights the total value of the event in terms of bed nights, hospitality and general trade spend.
The Fair is managed and directed by Derek Lutton, who has over 20 years’ experience of delivering events of this type. “The appeal of the Northern Ireland CountrySports Fair is far reaching, attracting visitors and competitors from Northern Ireland and far beyond,” commented Derek.
“There is no doubt that it provides a real boost to tourism at a local level by positively impacting on businesses and service providers in the Armagh area. Our new home at Scarvagh House provides the perfect platform to build on the success of the past and further boost the potential for all involved. ”
Councillor Jonathan Buckley from the ABC council commented: “Derek’s reputation for excellence in event management speaks for itself while Scarvagh House and the backdrop of County Armagh provides the perfect location for a spectacle such as the NI CountrySports Fair. We’d like to extend a thank you to the Buller family for facilitating this wonderful event on their historic estate. We’re delighted to support the team as they take the Fair to a new level, and bring more benefits to our local economy!”