Northern Ireland’s Minister for Tourism, Arlene Foster, has said that the NI Executive will provide finances to help bring a major golfing tournament to Royal Portrush.
The Minister said: “The time is now right to bring a major international golf tournament to Northern Ireland.
“This will showcase our golf tourism offering all over the world and provide a major boost to our local economy.
“This will need a major commitment from Royal Portrush Golf Club, the European Tour, sponsors, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Tourism Ireland, Coleraine Borough Council and others.
“But I am confident that we will work well together to make this a world-class event.”
He said: “What makes Northern Ireland special is the warmth of the welcome, the world-class golf courses and the stunning scenery.
“Securing a major tournament would present an unprecedented opportunity for us to showcase this in a whole new way in top markets around the world.”