Published Thursday, 10 May 2012
Welcoming the news, Tourism Minister Arlene Foster echoed the call from tournament organisers, the European Tour, for people to buy their tickets early.
"Such is the interest in the Irish Open, that the European Tour believes the weekend could be a sell-out," she said.
"This is fantastic news as increased ticket sales will result in increased revenue. The Northern Ireland Executive has given a commitment to ensure that the Irish Open at Portrush will be a success and today's news proves we are on track to achieve just that."
Ms Foster continued: "Ticket sales are only one part of this success story. Golf visitors tend to spend more money than other tourists which will give a major boost to the local economy.
"We are confident that it will be one of the best-attended European Tour events ever and that the Executive will reap a rich return on its investment in the event."
Securing some of the world's top golfers - including local stars Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke - has ensured the Irish Open will be keenly followed by golf fans across the world.
The Minister added: "The recent announcement that Keegan Bradley, the reigning US PGA Championship winner, is playing will bring even more benefits, with increased interest from the USA who will be able to watch the Open in their homes.
"Just as Titanic Belfast provided us with the opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to the world, the Irish Open will ensure that the spotlight continues to be shone on our place for all the right reasons."
Extra transport for the tournament will also be organised, with dedicated bus and rail services provided as well as five park and ride car parks set up to cope with the numbers expected to be travelling to Portrush.
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