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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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