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Tourism NI Board attends Ulster Transport Museum reopening

From left, John McGrillen, CEO Tourism NI; Colin Catney, chief operating officer at National Museums NI; and Terence Brannigan, chairman of Tourism NI Board.

Tourism NI hosted a Board meeting at Cultra Manor on August 20, with Board Chairman Terence Brannigan, Board members and Chief Executive John McGrillen also visiting the Ulster Transport Museum, for its reopening on the same day.

Speaking with Colin Catney, chief operating officer at National Museums NI, the Board discussed how the museums have adapted to the current situation and measures put in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

During the Board meeting at Cultra Manor, members discussed the scale of the challenges faced by the industry in Northern Ireland and actions to support the industry through the Covid-19 crisis.

“It was great to hear about plans for the redevelopment of their museums, as well as learn how they have adapted with safety as the top priority for visitors and staff,” said Brannigan. “As our Embrace a Giant Spirit marketing campaign continues to roll out into the autumn, our message to the people in Northern Ireland has a strong emphasis on supporting local attractions and exploring what is on our doorstep.

“It was great to all be safely together at Cultra Manor for our board meeting this month. The board meeting gave us the opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by the tourism industry, particularly local businesses. The Board also discussed the progress to date with the Northern Ireland Tourism Recovery Plan and future actions which will be required to help support our industry.”

Colin Catney, chief operating officer at National Museums NI, said: “We are delighted to reopen the Ulster Transport Museum. This means that all four of our museums are now open, are safe and ready to welcome visitors again. We’re very pleased to host the Tourism NI Board at our reopened museums, not only to show them the safety measures that we have been busy putting in place but also to tell them about our exciting plans for developing our museums into even better places to visit in the future.”

All four museums, the Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum, Ulster Museum and Ulster American Folk Park have been awarded the We’re Good to Go mark, a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide reassurance to businesses, customers and communities that safe working guidelines in relation to Covid-19 have been adopted.

Visitors are asked to pre-book time slots to visit the four museums. The Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster Transport Museum will be open each week from Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information on visiting the museums and to book a visit, go to NMNI.com.

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