Two gallery and studio visitor experiences have carved out a four-star quality ratings double for County Down under a Northern Ireland Tourist Board quality scheme.
The four-star awards signify that the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio and Mount Ida Pottery, both in the Banbridge area, are of an ‘excellent’ standard for visitors.
Tours around the poet Seamus Heaney’s ‘first world’ in Magherafelt have been rated a five-star experience under a Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) quality grading scheme.
TV chef, food stylist and celebrity judge on Foodshala, a top TV food reality show in the Middle East, recently visited Belfast on a culinary trip hosted by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Northern Ireland Tourism Hero Niall McKenna served up a giant barbequed steak to a Russian TV presenter at Belfast’s St George’s Market last week.
The James Street South chef’s Tomahawk steak dish hit the right spot with Viktor Goncharenko, who was in Northern Ireland filming with a five-strong crew for ‘Yaz v Food’, an extreme cooking show. Their visit was hosted by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board as part of a Visit Britain initiative.
Northern Ireland Tourist Board Chief Executive Alan Clarke has announced he is retiring at the end of September.
Commenting on his decision Alan said he was delighted to have led tourism and NITB through a period of unprecedented change and growth; ‘It has been a huge privilege to lead the Northern Ireland Tourist Board since 2001 during a period of significant investment, development and growth in tourism in Northern Ireland, and a seismic change in how the destination is perceived around the globe. The confidence of the Northern Ireland tourism industry is at an all time high following last week’s Giro d’Italia, and other major investments over recent years, and therefore this is a good time for me to step down.
Northern Ireland’s reputation as a ‘must play’ golfing destination will be further enhanced when the NI Open Challenge returns to Galgorm, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has said.
Following a record breaking inaugural event last year, the tournament will take place at Galgorm Castle Golf Club from August 28-31.
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