100 day countdown to Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Published March 28, 2017
The countdown has officially begun and with only 100 days left until the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, tees off at Portstewart, Tourism NI is urging fans to book their tickets and accommodation now to avoid disappointment later.
Aine Kearney, Tourism NI Director and Simon Alliss, Irish Open Championship Director
With confirmation that firm favourites and past winners Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry will be joining elite names in golf still to be announced to challenge Rory McIlroy for this year’s tournament, Tourism NI Director of Events and Business Support Aine Kearney is urging fans to book their tickets now before it’s too late.
“Following the success of the Irish Open in 2012 and 2015 in Northern Ireland with the support of the European Tour and the Rory Foundation we are gearing up for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017 to be the biggest and best Irish Open yet. Tens of thousands of tickets have already been sold, with only 100 days to go to the tournament and with big names still to be announced we are confident this event will sell out.
“The potential of golf tourism is huge with the average golf visitor spending over £1700 per trip. Tourism NI wants to grow total revenue from golf tourism from £32 million to £50 million by 2020 and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is the perfect opportunity to showcase our world class golf courses to golfing audiences around the world.”
One hundred thousand spectators are expected for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club from the 6th to the 9th July.
Simon Alliss, the European Tour’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Championship Director, said: “The countdown is really now on for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July and there are a host of exciting announcements to be made in the coming weeks and months.
“So we would urge golf fans across the island of Ireland to get booking as we have already had two sell-out Irish Opens on Northern Irish soil and we expect this one to be no different. A percentage of all ticket sales go to the Rory Foundation to help make children’s lives better, so all those purchasing tickets will also be contributing to a great cause.”
CAPTION: With 100 days to go to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Aine Kearney, Tourism NI Director of Business Support and Events and Simon Alliss, Irish Open Championship Director, put in some practice at Portstewart Golf Club which is hosting the tournament from the 6th to the 9th July
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