Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has said he will continue to lobby the UK Government to address issues around reducing VAT on accommodation and hospitality.
Speaking at the British Hospitality Association (BHA) Summit in London, which was also attended by the city’s Mayor Boris Johnson, the Minister said the current VAT rate on hospitality meant opportunities were being lost in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in terms of visitor numbers and revenue.
Jonathan Bell said: “The theme of this year’s BHA Summit is ‘Together We Are Stronger’ and that I believe that is certainly the case as far as the VAT issue is concerned.
A group of 15 influential international journalists with an interest in the TV and film industry recently took a four day trip to visit local screen locations and experience more of what Northern Ireland has to offer.
Tourism NI designed and delivered their itinerary with one of the highlights of the visit a meeting with Belfast’s punk legend and music aficionado, Terri Hooley, who was the inspiration for the blockbuster biographical film “Good Vibrations”.
Tourism Northern Ireland has awarded a luxury Portstewart bed and breakfast five stars under its accommodation grading scheme.
‘At the Beach’ B&B, located next to Portstewart Strand and run by Glenda Moore-Wilson, gained the five-star rating in its first assessment in June, and becomes one of only five B&Bs in Northern Ireland to achieve five-star status on the scheme.
A team of eleven cyclists representing Tourism NI will take part in the Gran Fondo this Sunday in support of Guide Dogs NI.
Tourism NI has been working closely with the organisers to deliver the Gran Fondo which is a major legacy event following last year’s highly successful Giro d’Italia.
Over eighty people from across the tourism industry attended today’s Tourism NI masterclass at W5 in Belfast aimed at helping businesses to maximise sponsorship revenue. Delivered in partnership with the Ulster University Business School, the masterclass focused on developing a sponsorship strategy, from concept to evaluation, as well as securing and maintaining sponsorship and strengthening relationships.
A unique Game of Thrones® related archery activity based at Castle Ward in County Down has been awarded four-star status under a Tourism NI quality grading scheme.
The Winterfell Tours Archery Experience, operated by Clearsky Adventure Centre, replicates the movie set and courtyard where filming for the hit TV show originally took place.
Craft beers from the Kilkeel-based brewery, Whitewater Brewing Co. Limited, are being showcased by the Hastings Hotels Group as part of its drive to promote locally produced food and drink.
Jonathan Bell said: “Northern Ireland is famous for its excellent food and drink, and products from the Whitewater Brewery are already proving popular in the export markets.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation has brought international recognition of Northern Ireland’s golfing tourism product to a whole new level, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has said.
With the remainder of the tournament sold out, over 90,000 spectators are expected to flock to Royal County Down to see some of the best golfers in the world battle the elements in a bid to take home the trophy on Sunday.
The Statistics & Research Agency today published 2014 annual tourism statistics. These statistics provide an overall assessment of tourism activity last year.
The key findings are:
· last year the number of overnight trips within Northern Ireland by all visitors (domestic and external) was 4.5 million, an 11% increase on 2013. Expenditure associated with these trips increased by 4% to £751m in 2014.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Elisha McCallion has welcomed news that Club MTV is returning to Ebrington Square this summer.
Mayor Cllr McCallion has welcomed the partnership arrangement between Club MTV and local events company Legacy Promotions to bring the Club MTV gig to Ebrington Square on 15 August saying it was fantastic news for the city and district, reflecting the city’s ability to host large scale international events.
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