Industry Associations & Tourism Bodies

Industry Associations


Business Development

InvestNI Invest NI –
Invest NI is the business development agency for Northern Ireland. It aims to grow the local economy by supporting new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland
NIBusinessInfo is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland provided by Invest NI.  It delivers up to date information and practical advice on a range of topics including starting up, finance and grants, employment and skills development, workplace health and safety, sales and marketing, international trade and growing your business, etc.

Regional Tourism Partnerships and Organisations

The following regional tourism partnerships and organisations support their members in providing assistance with tourism product development and in marketing local tourism providers at a regional and international level.


Tourist Accommodation Associations

Northern Ireland Hotels Federation Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) -
The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation is a not-for-profit limited company representing the hotel and guesthouse sectors in Northern Ireland. Its main roles are identifying and reviewing issues affecting the hospitality industry and lobbying on the economic and employment opportunities of tourism.
Northern Ireland Bed and Breakfast Partnership (NIBBP)
NIBBP’s vision is to actively represent and further the business interests of the Bed and Breakfast and Guesthouse Industry in Northern Ireland.  The partnership provides members with an open forum for sharing of knowledge and giving informed, single voice representation of the NI Bed and Breakfast sector at all levels of Government on matters relating to the ability of members to operate effectively.   Contact: James McHenry, NIBBP Chairman Tel: 028 21771308 Email:
 BHHPA British Holiday and Home Parks Association -
The British Holiday & Home Parks represents the interests of the British parks industry. Membership is made up of the owners and managers of park home estates, touring and tenting parks, caravan holiday home parks, chalet parks and all types of self-catering accommodation.
 National Caravan Council National Caravan Council -
The National Caravan Council is the representative trade body for the UK caravan and motorhome industries, covering touring caravans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and residential park homes, all of which are legally defined as a caravan. Member companies come from all sectors of the industry, including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, park operators and specialist suppliers of products and services to the industry.  Please see further information on the classification of caravan and camping parks in Northern Ireland.  



Activity Tourism Associations



 Countryside Activities Network

Outdoor Recreation NI - 
Outdoor Recreation NI is a organisation which brings together all groups and bodies, which have an interest in, or involvement in outdoor recreation in Northern Ireland. It is charged with the strategic development, management and promotion of outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland.  Outdoor Recreation NI's vision is to ‘inspire outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland’. 

 IGTOA Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) -
IGTOA represents local golf tour operators who promote Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a golf tourism destination.
 IAGTO International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) -
IAGTO is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry. IAGTO's membership comprises 1917 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, approved media and business partners in 90 countries including, at its core, 451 specialist golf tour operators in 58 countries.
 Loughs Agency Loughs
The Loughs Agency is a cross-border body, exercising a statutory remit for conservation, protection and development across the Foyle and Carlingford catchments. The agency’s objectives for these river systems and sea areas include development of fisheries and aquaculture, conservation and protection of inland fisheries and sustainable development of marine tourism.
 Waterways Ireland

Waterways Ireland -
Waterways Ireland has responsibility for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes.          

Food and Drink Industry Associations

Pubs of Ulster 

Pubs of

Pubs of Ulster is the professional body of the Retail Licensed Trade in Northern Ireland, with members drawn from pubs, bars, café-bars, hotels and restaurants. The body aims to protect the integrity and sustainability of the unique social and cultural heritage of the retail licensed trade in Northern Ireland.  

Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Association (NIFDA) -
NIFDA is a voluntary organisation committed to helping Northern Ireland food and beverage companies compete successfully and to represent and promote their interests. It was established to provide services to enhance, promote, inform, educate and develop member business.

 Taste of Ulster

Taste of
Taste of Ulster’s vision is to develop and celebrate excellence in local cuisine and hospitality throughout the province. The organisation aims to promote good restaurants, hotels and other eating places as well as quality producers who offer excellent local food, service and authentic and innovative Ulster cuisine.

The Flavour of Tyrone          
The Flavour of Tyrone aims to enhance customer experience through the provision of a high standard of customer care complimented by local fresh produce.          

Skills and Training Bodies


People 1st -
People 1st is the sector skills council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism.
People 1st are working to transform skills in the sector, particularly in the areas of management and leadership, customer service and craft/technical skills. People 1st are committed to ensuring that public funds support the industry to develop only those qualifications and programmes that meet the needs of employers.

Event Industry Associations

 In Any Event

In Any Event -
In Any Event is a not-for-profit independent trade association for the Northern Ireland events industry. The organisation’s role is to act as a strong voice for the local event’s industry and to champion the interests of everyone who operates within it. That includes event organisers, venues and destinations, service providers, and the local authorities, organisations, associations and agencies that draw on their services.


Tourism Ireland

 Tourism Ireland Tourism Ireland -
Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing the island of Ireland in Great Britain and overseas, increasing tourism to the island and supporting Northern Ireland to realise its potential.  Tourism Ireland engages in strategic destination marketing on a worldwide basis and works in close cooperation with travel trade, online operators, media, carriers and industry partners on the island and overseas.

Visit Britain

VisitBritain Visit Britain -
VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain’s visitor economy. A non-departmental public body, funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, VisitBritain works with partners in the UK and overseas to ensure that Britain is marketed in an inspirational and relevant way around the world. VisitBritain's partners include Government agencies such as UKTI, airlines & operators, global brands, and official tourism bodies in regions throughout the UK.

Tourism Information Centres


Tourist Information Centres 
There are 31 Tourist Information Centres (TICs) throughout Northern Ireland. The TIC network is a highly effective means of influencing visitors by promoting the local area and tourism product offering. The TIC network provide free tourist information, accommodation booking services, ticket sales for events and tours, sales of local grafts and souvenirs, and bureau de change facilities.  Find the contact details of your local TIC.


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