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Latest news and information from Tourism Northern Ireland
05 May 2015

Following news that five of the world’s top 20 golfers and five former golfing Numbers 1s are playing this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation, Tourism NI has today announced its line up for the Pro Am competition at Royal County Down on the 27th May.

Recently-retired horse racing legend AP McCoy leads the pack of famous faces and well known names in Newcastle for the Pro Am competition.  This will be his first major engagement since announcing his retirement and sports fans are expected to give him a rapturous welcome as he tees off.

01 May 2015

A group of influential journalists from Italy recently travelled to Northern Ireland on the new Jet2 Rome to Belfast flight which began operations in early April 2015.  The high profile group representing top print, on-line and broadcast media, were keen to experience the new service for themselves and explore more of what Northern Ireland has to offer. 

The trip was facilitated by Tourism NI in association with Tourism Ireland and to help drive demand for the flight, promote new ease of access and showcase Northern Ireland to potential Italian visitors.  Tourism NI designed their itinerary which included visits to Titanic Quarter, St George’s Market and the Linen Hall Library.  They also travelled along the Causeway Coastal Route, stopping off at various Game of Thrones film locations and spent time at the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Distillery.

30 April 2015

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today announced that Belfast is to host the prestigious Routes Europe conference in 2017.

Routes Europe is a major international event bringing together decision makers from airlines, airports and tourism authorities to negotiate and build relationships that will shape the world’s future air route networks.

Arlene Foster said: “Hosting Routes Europe in Belfast in 2017 provides us with a rare opportunity to bring influential decision makers into the region and showcase Northern Ireland’s tourism and business potential.

29 April 2015

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed today’s announcement that Northern Ireland is to host this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The event will take place at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Sunday 20 December and will be attended by hundreds of top sporting stars.

21 April 2015

Tourism NI today unveiled the shortlist of nominations for the 2015 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, in association with Tennent’s NI.

The sought-after awards, which recognise the outstanding performers in the tourism industry, will this year be presented over eleven different categories including two special awards.

A shortlist of 27, which includes four tourism providers that are up for an award in more than one category, plus nominees for two special awards, has been drawn up by a panel of judges.

16 April 2015

With just 6 weeks to go to the Irish Open over 100 international buyers from more than a dozen key overseas tourism markets pitched up at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa for Tourism NI’s annual “Meet the Buyer” event.

The three-day event is a significant one in the annual tourism calendar as it gives local tourism providers the opportunity to meet international buyers who are considering programming Northern Ireland in the near future.

02 April 2015

The board of Tourism Northern Ireland has appointed John McGrillen as its new Chief Executive with effect from July.

A former board member of the tourist board, John is currently Director of Development at Belfast City Council. His responsibilities include urban development, tourism, economic and international development and the management of Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall. Previously he was Chief Executive of Down District Council.

01 April 2015

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed today’s announcement by Wizz Air that it is to operate a new route from Belfast International Airport.

Arlene Foster said: “Today’s news that Wizz Air has added Northern Ireland to its route network is a positive development.

“Belfast International Airport is to be commended for securing the introduction of Wizz Air as a new airline to Northern Ireland. The new direct services to Katowice in Poland and Vilnius in Lithuania will help to improve our connectivity to business and inbound tourism markets in Eastern Europe and I am hopeful that the success of these routes will encourage Wizz Air to further extend its Northern Ireland route network.”

27 March 2015

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster has welcomed the signing of a new partnership agreement between the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen.

The partnership sets out priority areas of cooperation between the two parties to support the creative industries across Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster said: “I welcome this formal pledge from two major players in the creative sector and in particular that both parties have committed to support television, film and online industries in Northern Ireland.

26 March 2015

Dunamoy Cottages and Spa, a countryside retreat in rural Ballyclare, has successfully become the first firm in Newtownabbey to be graded as a Green Tourism business, (1 of only 13 in Northern Ireland) receiving a Silver Award.

During a busy year the business implemented a range of new green procedures and technology, to become much more energy efficient.  Rain water was diverted to feed a mini lake, native planting and flowers were used to attract more wildlife to the site including a wild flower meadow grown from seeds from Kew Gardens.

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