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15 April 2014

Marine Conservation Society recommends hundreds of UK beaches as having excellent water quality for taking a dip. With all monitored beaches in Northern Ireland reaching minimum bathing water standards.

One of the UK’s driest summers in recent memory has resulted in more bathing beaches than ever being ‘Recommended’ for their excellent water quality in the annual ‘Good Beach Guide’, launched online today (Tuesday 15th April 2014) by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

15 April 2014

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today announced a £3million expansion at Ballygally Castle near Larne, by Hastings Hotels.

Speaking at Ballygally, Arlene Foster said: “This is a significant expansion in a hotel which is strategically located at the start of the picturesque Antrim Coastal route, an outstanding tourism attraction that includes the Glens of Antrim, the North Coast, the Wild Atlantic Way, Bushmills Distillery, the Giant’s Causeway and world class golf courses.

15 April 2014

Legendary Irish cyclist and former Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche has helped the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) brief an Assembly All Party Group on the benefits and opportunities the event will bring to Northern Ireland.

The cycling race will start in Belfast on 9 May, and as one of the largest and most recognised sporting events in the world will have a global audience of up to 800 million people watching.

14 April 2014
Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy has urged the public to use public transport to ensure they have the best view of the Giro d’Italia race.
The prestigious race which will come to Northern Ireland on 9 May is expected to attract thousands of spectators along the route which starts in Belfast, before heading up the Causeway Coast and then onto Armagh.
10 April 2014

The much anticipated 4.2 mile Divis Ridge Trail was officially opened today. This new trail is set to entice over 50,000 visitors to Divis and the Black Mountain, as they enjoy the cityscape and panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains, the Lake District and Scotland.

The Ridge Trail has been developed by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland and gives walkers access to previously inaccessible parts of Divis and the Black Mountain.

08 April 2014

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed over 120 international buyers to the host venue of last year’s G8 Summit.

Tour operators from markets including North America, Britain and Europe were at County Fermanagh’s Lough Erne Resort to take part in a major Meet the Buyer Workshop.

07 April 2014

An ambitious plan to develop the Fermanagh Lakelands into one of Ireland’s premier tourism destinations by 2020 has been launched.

The plan has been developed by the Destination Fermanagh Partnership which is led by Fermanagh District Council, Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and includes members from the private, public and third sectors who work together to develop the overall visitor experience.

03 April 2014
•         Royal County Down Golf Club to host next year’s event from May 28-31, 2015
•         Irish Open will return to Northern Ireland in 2017 at Lough Erne Resort

The European Tour today confirmed that the Irish Open will return to Northern Ireland in 2015 and 2017, with Royal County Down Golf Club hosting next year’s event from May 28-31, 2015, followed by Lough Erne Resort in three years’ time.
02 April 2014

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Tourism Ireland has joined forces with HBO and its smash hit television series Game of Thrones in a new advertising campaign.

HBO is lending its name and logo to new Tourism Ireland campaigns that aim to promote Northern Ireland as a top holiday destination in markets across the world.

The new campaign kicks off today through adverts on Facebook and Twitter and will run until early June in Great Britain, United States, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

02 April 2014
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen and Belfast City Council, has announced that the highly anticipated HBO® Game of Thrones Exhibition will be returning to Northern Ireland from June 11 – 15, 2014.
This year, the bigger and better exhibition will be held in the Belfast Waterfront and is designed to transport viewers into the breathtaking and enchanted world of Westeros, where fans can explore Kings Landing, sit on the Iron Throne and even ‘climb the wall’ at the new Oculus Rift interactive area.
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