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29 September 2014

A top county Armagh guesthouse has been awarded five-star status under the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Quality Grading Scheme.

Newforge House, cradled in quiet country surroundings in the village of Magheralin, is renowned for its original 18th century features, beautiful gardens and award-winning dining using home-grown ingredients.

18 September 2014

Accommodation statistics show increases in hotel occupancy for the first seven months of 2014.  Both rooms and bed-spaces sold in hotels during Jan-July 2014 were the highest recorded for this period.  Figures for the month of July 2014 show a decline in hotel room occupancy but increases for bed-space occupancy compared with July 2013, possibly reflecting increases in multiple occupancy of rooms favoured by holiday visitors.  Guesthouse, guest accommodation and B&B performance for the first seven months of the year was less positive.

16 September 2014

The Live Here Love Here small grants scheme is a new grants scheme open to volunteer groups looking to complete an environmental or community improvement project in their local area.

‘Live Here Love Here’ is a new and exciting initiative that takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of civic pride in our local communities. Launched by Keep Northern Beautiful in association with the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and twelve local councils, the small grants scheme provides support to volunteer projects which aim to:

15 September 2014

Derry Walls Day 2014 took place on Saturday. The event marked the 400th anniversary, in September 1614, when Peter Benson, a London tiler and bricklayer, was awarded the contract for building the Derry Walls.

Living history performers representing Peter Benson, Matthias Springham, Commissioner from City of London, and Captain Manus O’Cahan, local Irish landholder in the Guildhall to met with Commander Peter Campbell RN Rtd, the 9th generation descendent of Peter Benson. Commander Campbell was accompanied by his son Rory, (10th generation descendent) and grandson Finian (11th generation descendent). Witnessing this historic reunion was Piers Nicholson, Deputy Master of the present-day Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers bringing a message of fraternal greetings from the Mayor of the City London to the Mayor of Derry. 

09 September 2014

Dalata Hotel Group plc is pleased to announce that it has entered into agreement to acquire the Tower Hotel in Derry, Londonderry.

The Company has agreed to acquire the freehold interest in the Tower Hotel, Derry, Londonderry for a consideration of £4.375 million (the “Tower Acquisition”). It is expected that the transaction will complete in October 2014.

08 September 2014

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre has become the first arts venue in Northern Ireland to be rated a five-star experience.

The top class rating was awarded under a Northern Ireland Tourist Board scheme designed to provide quality grading information on visitor attractions.

The five-star accreditation signifies the venue is operating to an ‘outstanding’ level of quality.

03 September 2014

Belmore Court & Motel are thrilled to be celebrating their 'Silver Anniversary' marking 25 years in business. Inspired by extensive travels in the USA, experienced Hotelier Raymond McCartney, opened Belmore Court Motel in 1989, bringing his 'American Dream' to life in Fermanagh. Raymond transformed a row of terraced houses in the heart of Enniskillen, into a 30-room motel, which is now a landmark location in the heart of the county town.

In 1989, Belmore Court Motel represented a revolutionary accommodation concept for the Northern Ireland tourism market and 25 years later remains the only 4 star Motel in the country. The American Motel Dream has been a very successful concept and 25 years on the Motels mix of standard and Family Apartments remains the perfect choice for families, travelling workers or groups of friends looking for a holiday base at great value prices.

03 September 2014

On Monday 1st September the Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon joined Titanic Quarter businesses at Titanic Belfast to celebrate being awarded Belfast City’s first WorldHost Tourism Hotspot.  

The organisations to gain national recognition for their commitment to Customer Service, after being awarded WorldHost Recognised Business status included Titanic Belfast, SS Nomadic, The Dock Café, T13, Cable & Wake, Segway Tours NI, Odyssey Arena, W5, Lagan Boat Company, Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House, The Streat at Odyssey, Titanic Tours, Titanic Quarter Limited and Titanic Foundation Limited.

01 September 2014

NITB’s Autumn 14 Marketing campaign is now live and runs until early October. The main objectives of this activity is to promote NI as an Autumn short break destination in the NI and ROI markets, generating visitor numbers, bed nights and spend.

This is the third campaign as part of the agreed 3 year marketing framework and the creative continues to focus on People and the warmth of the welcome that visitors can expect in Northern Ireland.

29 August 2014

A group of Europe’s top golf journalists got to pitch in with the stars of the fairways and local celebrities at a pro-am event heralding the start of the NI Open Challenge at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.

Representing leading lifestyle magazines and newspapers in Germany, Norway, Great Britain and Ireland, the journalists were at Galgorm Castle to discover at first-hand some of Northern Ireland’s best golfing experiences.

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