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.
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.
Enterprise, Trade & Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, today officially announced the completion of new environmental improvement works to Castlerock promenade and Whiterocks coastal park.
The infrastructure improvements form part of an overarching regeneration scheme in Portrush and its surrounding area.
Speaking at today’s launch in Portrush, Arlene Foster said: “Castlerock and Whiterocks are important initiatives in promoting sustainable tourism for the North Coast area and will help to create a legacy that will bring longer-term benefits in terms of our tourism economy and job creation.
The North West 200 is showcasing Northern Ireland on the international stage, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has said.
Speaking at the official race launch at Titanic Belfast, Arlene Foster said: “Year after year the NW200 continues to bring massive positive exposure for Northern Ireland on an international stage and generates substantial visitor numbers and spend. The facts speak for themselves. Results taken from a recent independent economic impact study show in 2012 the North West 200 attracted nearly 50,000 visitors, generating an economic return of £2million to the Northern Ireland economy.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has launched a strategy which aims to grow the value of golf tourism to £50million a year by 2020.
Launching the new Tourism Northern Ireland Golf Strategy, Arlene Foster said: “The vision of the strategy is to grow the value of golf tourism to £50million per annum by 2020, and in doing so to remind golfers worldwide that Northern Ireland is where golf champions are born and play. As a sport, as a business and as a tourism asset, golf operates on a worldwide scale so there has never been a better time for Northern Ireland, the Home of Champions, to formulate a new strategy to tap into its potential.
Taking tourism to the next level will ensure it continues to be a key economic driver for Northern Ireland, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has said.
The Minister was speaking at the Tourism Summit, which was organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation to explore the economic impact of tourism sector on Northern Ireland.
Arlene Foster said: “The past few years have been unprecedented in terms of opportunities to give Northern Ireland a positive starring role on the global stage, with the world’s media spotlight focused on our tourism product. I want this momentum to continue and it is important that we look at ways to take Northern Ireland tourism to the next level.
Figures released today for the period November - January 2015 show that the Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey unemployment rate was 6.0% - a decrease of 0.3 percentage points over the quarter and 1.5 percentage points over the year.
More recent figures for February 2015 show that the number of claimants in receipt of unemployment related benefits stood at 46,200 and decreased by 1,700 over the month. There has been a fall of 11,400 in the unemployment claimant figures over the last 12 months.
Tourism NI has announced Tennent’s NI as overall sponsor of this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards and is encouraging the public to vote for entries shortlisted in the best event or festival category of the awards which recognise outstanding achievements in the tourism industry.
In the 37th year of the awards a total of eleven award categories are up for grabs.
Ahead of the eagerly awaited Irish Open in June, a group of 8 golf journalists from GB took a four day trip to Northern Ireland, keen to get first-hand experience of our golf product. The visit was facilitated by Tourism NI who arranged for them to play 18 holes at the world-class links course at Royal County Down as well as Holywood and Malone golf clubs. They also enjoyed a guided city tour of Belfast.
Outgoing Tourism Northern Ireland Chairman Howard Hastings has urged over 200 tourism conference delegates to take a leading role in strengthening Northern Ireland's presence on the global stage as a new development phase for the industry begins.
He was speaking at Tourism NI’s annual conference, held at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on Thursday.
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