Belfast to host major international travel forum in 2018

Belfast to host major international travel forum in 2018

Belfast is set to host a major international travel trade forum next June. Held last year in New Orleans, the Hosts Global Forum will  bring over 100 of the world’s leading destination management companies and 100 of the world’s leading meeting and incentives buyers and planners to visit Belfast. This... View Article

First look: a taste of the high life as Ireland’s largest rooftop bar & garden prepares to open

First look: a taste of the high life as Ireland’s largest rooftop bar & garden prepares to open

The latest addition to Belfast’s buzzing social scene will open its doors to the public tomorrow (Saturday October 21), following a VIP launch party tonight. Babel – a vibrant new rooftop bar and garden – is part of a £1.75m expansion of stylish city centre hotel, Bullitt. The contemporary new... View Article

Total visits for first 6 months puts tourism on course to achieve targets

Total visits for first 6 months puts tourism on course to achieve targets

Tourism NI has welcomed today’s release of positive performance figures for January to June 2017 from all markets. Figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show that tourism generated 7.6 million nights, an increase of 18%. Visitor spend reached an unprecedented £417 million, 16% more than during... View Article

Belfast bartender serves up a winning cocktail at BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition regional heats

Belfast bartender serves up a winning cocktail at BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition regional heats

A bartender from Belfast has won the first regional heat in one of the most prestigious cocktail competitions in the world, BACARDÍ Legacy, the competition which challenges the industry’s top bartenders to create the cocktails that could potentially stand the test of time. Christopher McQuillan, bartender at Olivers Restaurant, competed... View Article

Opportunity knocks for NI’s tourism & hospitality sector despite Brexit and other challenges

Opportunity knocks for NI’s tourism & hospitality sector despite Brexit and other challenges

‘The Northern Ireland hospitality sector still has the potential to become a £1bn industry by 2020, despite significant challenges such as Brexit.’ That was the key message from a business breakfast at the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) annual conference and exhibition, the ‘Hospitality Exchange’. At the breakfast hosted by... View Article

Belfast Cocktail Week: Everything you need to know

Belfast Cocktail Week: Everything you need to know

Belfast is set to host a week-long festival aimed at cocktail lovers. With a huge programme of events lined up for the inaugural event, here’s everything you need to know: When does Belfast Cocktail Week take place? Belfast Cocktail Week will run from October 16-22. What bars will be taking part in the... View Article

£100,000 investment marks new era  for the Cardan Bar & Grill

£100,000 investment marks new era for the Cardan Bar & Grill

Purchased in 2004, The Cardan originally boasted an old pub style, formerly known as The Robins Nest, but following an initial £400,000 investment into the venue, it was rejuvenated into a modern hub for locals. 2017 saw a need to further enhance the offering and a complete overhaul was completed... View Article

Significant increase in visitors and spend from the Republic in first 6 months

Significant increase in visitors and spend from the Republic in first 6 months

According to latest statistics released by the Central Statistics Office in the Republic total trips to Northern Ireland rose by 23% while spend by Republic of Ireland visitors reached almost £40 million between January and June 2017. Growth in trips was largely due to the higher spending holiday market, which... View Article

Belfast Odyssey Pavilion to be transformed in £10m refurbishment

Belfast Odyssey Pavilion to be transformed in £10m refurbishment

Belfast’s Odyssey Pavilion is to undergo a £10 million refurbishment, following the submission of a new planning application. Plans include a new main entrance to the Odyssey Pavilion, upgrade of public realm and reconfiguration of the existing retail units. Phase two of the redevelopment will see further significant improvements to the... View Article

Pumped for success: KegoMatic wins Best Agri-Food Science Invention at Invent 2017 Awards

Pumped for success: KegoMatic wins Best Agri-Food Science Invention at Invent 2017 Awards

KegoMatic – a technology solution that allows multiple drink kegs to be tapped at once and switches the line automatically when a keg runs out – has been recognised as Northern Ireland’s top Agri-Food Science invention at the prestigious Catalyst Inc INVENT Awards 2017. Presented by leading ICT solutions provider,... View Article