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NITB Advises Visitors to Book Accommodation for Irish Open

NITB Advises Visitors to Book Accommodation for Irish Open

With this year’s Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush set to be one of the biggest in the competition’s history, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Chief Executive Alan Clarke has reminded visitors to book their tickets and accommodation now to avoid potential disappointment – but reassures that accommodation is still available.

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NITB Chief Executive Alan Clarke (second left) with Antonia Beggs, European Tour; Steve McCartney, Coleraine Borough Council; Stephen McCauley, PSNI; and Arthur Hamilton, Translink; at a press conference to launch a detailed traffic and transportation plan, including additional Translink coach, rail and park & ride services, which has been put in place to accommodate the large numbers expected.

The European Tour has announced that Saturday and Sunday are already almost sold out, while ticket sales for the Thursday and Friday aren’t far behind with close to 20,000 tickets sold per day.

A crowd of 100,000 is expected over the four days of the event from Thursday 28th June to Sunday 1st July and accommodation around Portrush has also been selling fast, but Alan Clarke reassured visitors, particularly those travelling from the Republic of Ireland, that there are still plenty of rooms available on the Causeway Coast, as well as a range of great package deals with accommodation, tickets and transport included from other parts of the country, including Belfast.

“Tickets have been selling faster this year than for many years, which is no surprise given the success of our world-famous golfing superstars and the fact that the Irish Open is returning to Northern Ireland for the first time in 60 years,” said Clarke. “With this in mind, I would urge golf fans not to risk turning up on the day and expecting a ticket as they will most likely be disappointed, particularly at the weekend.

“Accommodation is also selling fast but our information is that at this moment there is still capacity in and around Portrush, so people should pick up the phone or get online and book their places now before it’s too late.

“The north coast is currently providing good value accommodation in all sectors with bed & breakfast available from £25, self-catering cottages from £350 per week, and hotels from £45 per person. For anyone on a tight budget, there is also availability in a range of hostels.”

Advance day tickets for the Irish Open are available for £30, a saving of £5 on the gate price, with four-day season tickets priced at £70, a saving of £10.  Advance concession day and season tickets are priced at £20 and £50 respectively. Hospitality packages are sold out for the first two days, but are still available on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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