Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with proprietors John and Myrtle Haugh at the official opening of the new Kribben Cottages complex in Annalong.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today opened the new Kribben Cottages complex at Annalong.
The cluster of five self catering cottages, developed with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland, has already achieved four-star accreditation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Arlene Foster said: “If our tourism industry is to achieve the challenging objectives set in the Northern Ireland Executive’s economic strategy, it is imperative that projects and accommodation such as this are in place.
“These impressive and high quality cottages look fantastic are an asset to tourism in Annalong and the wider region. Kribben Cottages really represent a tremendous vote of confidence in the future of tourism in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty rich in tradition and heritage, and boasting unparalleled access to a number of stand-out attractions such as Spelga Dam, Silent Valley and, of course, the Mournes.
“The opening of this superb facility is also very timely as we look ahead to the Irish Open being held at Royal County Down, Newcastle next year. The cottages will also benefit from the continued growth in tourism that has been assisted by high profile events such as the recent Giro d’Italia cycling road race in May.”
Praising the husband and wife team behind the development of the new cottages, John and Myrtle Haugh, the Minister added: “We have ambitious tourism targets for the period to 2020 that we are determined to achieve, and will continue to work collaboratively with industry to deliver them. The vision of John and Myrtle to be forward thinking, to develop and invest in the future, is just the sort of mindset needed for tourism in Northern Ireland to prosper.”
Kribben Cottages has benefited from design advice from Invest NI to rebrand the business which was previously called Dunnywater Cottages. Invest NI’s support towards the construction of the cottages was announced in 2012.