Carrickfergus enterprise invests £20,000 in new digital tourism map

Carrickfergus enterprise invests £20,000 in new digital tourism map

Carrickfergus Enterprise has invested £20,000 in the launch of an innovative digital initiative to connect tourism businesses in the area more closely with visitors. Visitors will be able to create their own itemised journey experience while also choosing the most optimal route. ‘Experience Northern Ireland’ is an exciting concept digitalising... View Article

Visitor attractions set to immerse themselves in new technology

Visitor attractions set to immerse themselves in new technology

Tourism NI has launched a new capital funding programme to facilitate the development of immersive experiences at tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. The Enhancing Visitors Experiences through Immersive Technology Programme focuses on projects which have at their core a technology solution to creating a new immersive experience that gives compelling... View Article

Incoming Tour Operators get down to business in Northern Ireland

Incoming Tour Operators get down to business in Northern Ireland

The Incoming Tour Operators Association (ITOA) of Ireland, in partnership with Tourism NI, is today hosting its first ever business-to-business workshop to be held in Northern Ireland at the Titanic Hotel Belfast. In 2017 ITOA facilitated 737,000 overseas visitors to the island of Ireland and spent €13 million marketing and... View Article

New industry programme set to boost growth of tourism industry

New industry programme set to boost growth of tourism industry

Tourism NI has launched a new initiative, the Tourism Enterprise Development (TED) Programme, designed to boost growth and development within the tourism industry. The tourism sector is currently enjoying significant success but there is potential for significantly more growth as the industry seeks to grow revenue to £1.7bn by 2030.... View Article

Calling all food lovers to Armagh’s 15th Georgian Festival

Calling all food lovers to Armagh’s 15th Georgian Festival

Armagh’s Georgian Festival, now a four-day celebration of the city’s heritage and history, will share in the region’s most recent accomplishment in being named one of Ireland’s Top Five Foodie Destinations with events aimed squarely at gourmands and gastronomes. Ranked alongside Kilkenny, Kinsale and Galway, this acknowledgment cements Armagh’s reputation... View Article

Lusty Beg Island lands prestigious tourism award

Lusty Beg Island lands prestigious tourism award

Lusty Beg Island was rewarded for their 50-year contribution to the local tourism industry at the recent NI Travel and Tourism Awards. More than 400 guests and VIPs throughout Northern Ireland gathered at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle, Co Down on Friday October 19 to celebrate the... View Article

Tourism NI welcomes 6% increase in tourism jobs

Tourism NI welcomes 6% increase in tourism jobs

Tourism NI is backing today’s efforts to secure support in Westminster for the Belfast Region City Deal as new official statistics[i] show that the number of people employed in tourism now totals 65,000, with 3,500 new jobs being created over 2016 and 2017. This news comes as the 6 Councils... View Article

Award winning cruise season finishes at Belfast Harbour

Award winning cruise season finishes at Belfast Harbour

Yesterday (October 17th) marked the end of an award winning cruise season for Cruise Belfast – the partnership between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast – with the arrival of the final ship of the year, the ‘Black Watch’.  Since March 2018 a record-breaking 185,000 passengers and crew have called at... View Article

Brexit deal vital to secure the labour needed to keep Northern Ireland working

Brexit deal vital to secure the labour needed to keep Northern Ireland working

Shrinking numbers of European workers in Northern Ireland are creating severe labour shortages which are critically affecting many businesses’ daily operations. And local business organisations and representative bodies have joined forces on an unprecedented scale, writing to the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland... View Article

ICC Belfast is live

ICC Belfast is live

Today, (Thursday 11 October) marks the official launch event of ICC (International Convention Centre) Belfast, the new conferencing brand identity for Belfast Waterfront. The repositioning aims to attract the international conference market and is vital to generating £100 million in economic impact for Belfast. Catherine Toolan, Managing Director of ICC... View Article