Tourism NI is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to visitors within Northern Ireland and from the Republic of Ireland.
Armagh has been awarded official ‘purple flag’ status, recognising it as a vibrant, well-managed, welcoming and diverse city to visit during the evening.
Purple Flag is recognised across the UK and Ireland as the ‘gold standard’ accreditation scheme for raising city and town centre standards and is widely sought after.
Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has said he will continue to lobby the UK Government to address issues around reducing VAT on accommodation and hospitality.
Speaking at the British Hospitality Association (BHA) Summit in London, which was also attended by the city’s Mayor Boris Johnson, the Minister said the current VAT rate on hospitality meant opportunities were being lost in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in terms of visitor numbers and revenue.
Jonathan Bell said: “The theme of this year’s BHA Summit is ‘Together We Are Stronger’ and that I believe that is certainly the case as far as the VAT issue is concerned.
A group of 15 influential international journalists with an interest in the TV and film industry recently took a four day trip to visit local screen locations and experience more of what Northern Ireland has to offer.
Tourism NI designed and delivered their itinerary with one of the highlights of the visit a meeting with Belfast’s punk legend and music aficionado, Terri Hooley, who was the inspiration for the blockbuster biographical film “Good Vibrations”.
Tourism Northern Ireland has awarded a luxury Portstewart bed and breakfast five stars under its accommodation grading scheme.
‘At the Beach’ B&B, located next to Portstewart Strand and run by Glenda Moore-Wilson, gained the five-star rating in its first assessment in June, and becomes one of only five B&Bs in Northern Ireland to achieve five-star status on the scheme.
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