Festival to go ahead, renamed as Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival
A new independent company has been established to secure the future of the Belfast Festival and to deliver the 2015 edition.
This new chapter in the Festival’s history sees itself renamed as the “Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival” with a diverse and eclectic programme of events which will run from Friday 9th October to Sunday 1st November.
The Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix has announced that a record number of entries are set to compete in the world’s fastest road race this August, with more than 170 riders representing 17 countries across the world.
Some of the biggest names in real road racing are already confirmed that they will be on the grid, including fan favourite Guy Martin and local hero Michael Dunlop, who line up alongside racers Ian Hutchinson, Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston and William Dunlop to name but a few.
The event, which is one of only three international road races in the world, will also see around 50,000 spectators visit the Dundrod circuit over the course of Bike Week.
Belfast Waterfront has appointed five more staff to meet the increasing demand for its new world class conference facility opening in Spring 2016.
Doubling the venue’s event space to 7,000m2 and enhancing its technology capabilities has facilitated the return of many events as well as seen a significant increase of bookings from international associations. Even before Belfast Waterfront opens the doors to the new facility, it has already secured 50 conferences for 2016 to 2021, which will bring over 43,000 delegates to the city, generating a welcome 94,000 delegate days.
Trading Standards is calling on local people to expose scams and help stop more people from falling prey to clever cons that fleece them of thousands of pounds.
Scams Awareness Month runs throughout July and this year’s campaign "Don't be Rushed, Don't be Hushed" aims to highlight how scams continue to flourish when people stay silent.
The national campaign will be supported locally by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s Trading Standards Service.
The campaign is asking people to keep two things in mind whenever they receive an unsolicited approach or when looking for goods or services: don’t be rushed and don’t be hushed. People should take their time making a decision and be sure of their facts before parting with money or personal information, and speak out when they think they’ve spotted a scam.
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.
A team of eleven cyclists representing Tourism NI will take part in the Gran Fondo this Sunday in support of Guide Dogs NI.
Tourism NI has been working closely with the organisers to deliver the Gran Fondo which is a major legacy event following last year’s highly successful Giro d’Italia.
Over eighty people from across the tourism industry attended today’s Tourism NI masterclass at W5 in Belfast aimed at helping businesses to maximise sponsorship revenue. Delivered in partnership with the Ulster University Business School, the masterclass focused on developing a sponsorship strategy, from concept to evaluation, as well as securing and maintaining sponsorship and strengthening relationships.
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