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Local ambassadors ready to roll out red carpet welcome for The 148th Open

Tourism NI recently recognised over two hundred people in the Causeway Coast and Glens region as WorldHost Ambassadors for Golf at a recent ceremony held at the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle. From L to R are Cllr. Brenda Chivers, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Roisin McKee, Director, People 1st International and Carolyn Boyd, Tourism NI.

Tourism NI recently recognised over two hundred people in the Causeway Coast and Glens region as WorldHost Ambassadors for Golf at a recent ceremony held at the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle.

The WorldHost training programme, facilitated by People 1st International, is aimed at the retail, tourism, accommodation and hospitality sectors.

Carolyn Boyd, Tourism NI Industry Development Manager, said; “With over 190,000 spectators and visitors from across the world expected to be in attendance at The 148th Open at Royal Portrush, it is crucial that we equip those working in the tourism and hospitality industry with the necessary skills and resources to create a warm and friendly welcome for our visitors.”

“This programme has helped participants working on the frontline of tourism in the Causeway Coast and Glens region not only build existing skills as experts in their own tourism product but develop detailed knowledge of the area as a tourism destination.”

Councillor Brenda Chivers Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, who have partnered with Tourism NI on the initiative, said; “I would like to congratulate all of our newly certified golf and destination ambassadors who have a very important role to play as we prepare to host The 148th Open. By taking part in this course, our trade partners have shown a commitment to showcasing the very best of what the Causeway Coast and Glens has to offer, and we look forward to facilitating further opportunities in the months ahead.”

Roisin McKee, Director, People 1st International added; “It’s fantastic to see so many individuals in the Causeway Coast and Glens region crowned as WorldHost Ambassadors ahead of The 148th Open at Royal Portrush. This training means that staff across the region have the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver first-class customer service, and to go the extra mile for their customers.  I have no doubt WorldHost will have a positive impact, giving the region the excellent reputation it deserves. Congratulations to all involved.”

Tourism NI expects that the economic benefit of The Open will be an estimated £80 million. The aim of the programme is to prepare participants from the Causeway Coast and Glens region and consider how to make their businesses more golf friendly.

As part of the lead up to The 148th Open in July, Tourism NI is facilitating a number of events across Northern Ireland to help businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry prepare for the potential that such a large scale event can bring.

To find out more and to register your interest visit www.tourismni.com

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