Tourism will be the focus of a conference and exhibition fair which will be hosted in the Canal Court in Newry and Co Louth this month.  EXPO 2014 will take place on 18-20 June and will celebrate and promote the tourism potential of the Mourne Mountains, Ring of Gullion and Cooley Peninsula region.  The event will be hosted by Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project which is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme.

Getting ready for the Geotourism conference at the Canal Court in Newry.
Food, crafts and hill-walking, just some of what the Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism region has to offer.  To get your piece of the geotourism pie, take part on the EXPO2014 event in Newry and Louth.

The EXPO is a three day event featuring short geology and archaeology talks for the general public,  and business talks, interactive workshops and networking for local businesses (Canal Court 18-19th June), with the aims of creating links across the region and learning from best practice from other regions across Ireland who are capitalising on Geotourism. 

The lectures/workshops and EXPO will be based in the Canal Court Hotel on 18/19th June during which time the Geological Survey of Ireland will launch the new Bedrock Geology of Ireland map.  There will also be a public lecture on Newry Town Hall on Wednesday 18th  starting at 7pm, entitled ‘A Tale of Two Oceans: The Mourne Cooley Gullion story’, and a business networking event in Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth on 19th June (booking essential). Friday 20th June will see a number of tourism market themed bus tours (adventure, family, castles etc) to various locations in the Mourne Cooley Gullion region.  

John Devaney, Project manager of Geotourism said: “We are hosting this event to offer a networking opportunity to researchers, academics, businesses and tour operators, and to showcase the regional tourism potential to members of the public.

“The Expo is a key opportunity for local business to promote their products and services and to potential customers, tour operators and other businesses in the Mourne Cooley Gullion region and will be an excellent networking opportunity,” John added.  

The Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project is also hosting a business networking and cultural event in Bellurgan Park, Co Louth on the evening of Thursday 19th June. The Cultural evening is for delegates of the EXPO to attend and will include a dinner and networking opportunities. The cultural evening is free to attend but booking is essential.  

The EXPO is free to attend and lunch is provided for the hotel based events.  For more information or to book your place visit or Tel 028 4173 9017. 

The project will promote and enhance the profile of the three areas (Mourne Mountains, Cooley Peninsula and Ring of Gullion) within one tourism destination, with a particular focus on the important geology and archaeology.  The project partners are East Border Region Ltd, Newry and Mourne District Council, Louth County Council, Down District Council, Banbridge District Council and the Mourne Heritage Trust. 

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