Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK

UK: Scotland

Parades 'fun affairs' - Trimble

Mr Trimble says parades are large "folk festivals"

Northern Ireland's First Minister David Trimble has said that controversial parades in the province could become tourist attractions.

Speaking in Glasgow, Mr Trimble said the parades, which have been blighted by violence were - at heart - fun, family affairs.

David Calder reports: "Conference heard conflict was coming to an end"
"In recent years we have had quite a few disputes over parades which have generated a negative impact out of proportion with their real importance, but these too are on their way to be solved," said Mr Trimble at the International Institute for Peace through Tourism Conference.

"This year there was very little trouble amongst the thousands of parades that took place and what problems there were were not helped by some decisions of the Parades Commission.

'Folk festivals'

"My hope would be long term that these parades would, themselves, become a tourist attraction rather than something that detracts - they are, in fact, amongst the largest folk festivals in Western Europe."

[ image: David Trimble: Parades are
David Trimble: Parades are "fun"
Mr Trimble said the marches were colourful, lively family affairs accompanied by music and could stay in the mind long after they were over.

"For most people they are fun but at home, sadly, because of the divide in society they are perceived in different ways and I hope that this divergence will disappear as the wider conflict becomes a thing of the past."

The conference involving United Nations leaders and world tourism figures is discussing how world tourism is affecting the global environment.

At the heart of the agenda are discussions about how to balance the often conflicting needs of tourists and the need to preserve the communities they visit.

Well-travelled tourists

Conference delegates are exploring ways of meeting the demands of the well-travelled tourist and discover ways of ensuring the natural, historic and cultural resources of host countries are conserved for the future.

BBC Scotland's Carla Romano reports on the week-long conference
Its organisers hope the message of building sustainable tourism at the same time as protecting the world environment will get through to those in positions of power.

The conference is also hearing the more positive aspects of tourism including the valuable role it plays in creating jobs world-wide.

Among the speakers over the next few days are the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation, Francesco Frangialli and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, Doctor Klaus Toepfer.

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |

Internet Links

International Institute for Peace through Tourism

Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland

United Nations

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

In this section

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Sport
Collins calls it a day for Scots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Death inquiry anaesthetist barred

Bowled over by Lord's

Ministers loosen purse strings

'Delight' at Tunnel court outcome

From Sport
Derby double swoop fails

Demands for far-reaching information bill

Gaelic makes sound use of the internet

Trusts 'ignoring' depression advice

BBC Scotland - On Air

'Little change' since poverty pledge

Nine hurt as bus crashes into pub

Teachers' union in pay body challenge

Dental death hearing adjourned

Parliament ponders Royal High flit

Reid quits PR job

Industry misses new trains target

Football and royalty dominate Westminster

From Sport
The next Battle of Britain

Man charged with murdering lab technician

Lockerbie trial judges named

Festival award for Ratcatcher