Published Saturday, 17 November 2012
NI leaders Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in Hong Kong. (© Presseye)
The Ministers attended the tournament at the Hong Kong Golf Club, in Fanling, at the end of their week-long business mission to China.
First Minister Peter Robinson said: "The participation and success of local golfers has shone the international spotlight on Northern Ireland giving us the ideal opportunity to promote tourism.
"China is a significant emerging market and that is why we are working to build awareness of Northern Ireland as a tourism destination."
The DUP leader added: "Golf tourism currently generates over £14 million per year for the local economy in Northern Ireland, with the average spend per golf visitor coming in at £300-£450, significantly higher than the average visitor spend."
The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said that as the north's golfers continue to play the sport at the highest around the world, more people will want to come to use the courses they play on.
"Tournaments, such as the Hong Kong Open, represent a window to the world to gain further widespread exposure, and we are working to make the most of the opportunities created by our world-class golfers.
"Promoting our golf offering to an international audience and capitalising on the current global interest in our local golfers will help grow tourism here."
The ministers also visited the Kowloon Motor Bus Company which has ordered 50 new double decker buses from the Co Antrim firm Wrightbus.
The multi-million pound contract will see the Ballymena based company provide the bodywork kits for the buses which are due to be delivered in 2013.
Assembly will take place in China and a small group of Wrightbus workers will travel across to assist with this.
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