NI leaders to meet Obama during trip

Published Saturday, 17 March 2012
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First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will meet US President Barack Obama as part of a trip to the United States and Canada next week.

NI leaders to meet Obama during trip
Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House (© Getty)

Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness will conduct meetings with both administrations and with business leaders in the wake of the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

They will be received by President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, and will also hold talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington D.C.

They will later travel to Montreal for a visit to the Bombardier factory before heading to Toronto where they will meet with representatives of the Canadian travel industry and key figures from the business and finance sectors.

The trip will also be used to promote what tourist chiefs describe as a landmark year for the region, with the centenary of Titanic's maiden voyage and the Irish Open in Portrush.

The visit will see the premiere of a special promotional DVD about Northern Ireland entitled 'Your Time, Our Place', showcasing the region and the events taking place in 2012.

Mr Robinson said the programme of events in 2012 will attract more tourists and investors.

He said: "With so many important fixtures on the calendar during 2012 we are keen to promote the Province far and wide.

"Our message is one of confidence, optimism, economic regeneration and the readiness of Northern Ireland to compete internationally as a first rate location for investment and jobs."

Mr McGuinness said tourism will play a central role in Northern Ireland's economic recovery.

"The Executive has put the creation of a vibrant economy at the very top of its priority list.

"Our confidence has never been higher because there really never has been a better time to see the north. We can guarantee visitors a time to treasure."

Mr Guinness said the executive hoped to increase visitor numbers to 4.2 million and tourist revenue to £676m by December 2014.

The St Patrick's party organised at the White House on Tuesday will also be attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who will be in the US next week to promote Ireland to leaders in business, politics and tourism.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Eleanor in Belfast wrote (897 days ago):
It's an absolute disgrace that Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are off on another JOLLY at a time when financially Northern Ireland is virtually on it's knees. How many more fruitless trips are these two wasters going to make at the taxpayers expence. They remind me of a little song from the 60's which contained the words " I LOVE TO GO A WANDERING "
Charlie in Belfast wrote (897 days ago):
Milo in Limavady @ well said Milo I agree with your comment. I trust that on return from their "jolly" Robinson and McGuinness will be forced to make public a full detailed and comprehensive report on all aspects including the total cost to the taxpayer of this unnecessary expenditure of public funds. My guess is that the only thing Robinson and McGuinness will succeed in getting from this 'jolly' is a good tan !!!
MILO in LIMAVADY wrote (898 days ago):
These two wasters are off on another jolly at the taxpayers expense, while half of the electorate can not afford proper food, they are not content with 11% they have to milk it dry.
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