Brooke is new Tourism Ireland chair

The new Chair of Tourism Ireland ,Christopher Brooke began his five year term this week. He was Vice Chair for the last five years. and succeeds outgoing Chair Joan O'Shaughnessy.

Christopher Brooke has been involved in the security industry for many years, ten of which were spent as a security advisor with the Royal Office in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. In 1990, he returned to Northern Ireland to develop Galgorm Castle Estate. The estate includes a championship golf complex, which has hosted nine European Tour events, among them the Northern Ireland Open, the ISPS Handa World Invitational and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Galgorm also comprises a garden centre, business parks and a conference and events facility which together with the Golf complex attract more than 400,000 visitors a year. Christopher's other interests include the development of tourist accommodation and associated facilities on the Ashbrooke and Colebrooke estates. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim and a Vice President of the RNLI.