Stena Line maintains vital Irish supply lines

Stena Line maintains vital Irish supply lines

As the impact of the coronavirus tightens its grip on everyday life across Europe, ferry company Stena Line has moved to reassure freight and travel customers that it is taking every precaution possible to help ensure the safety of customers and employees, whilst maintaining the supply lines for vital medical... View Article

Beannchor Group announces temporary closures and lay-offs

Beannchor Group announces temporary closures and lay-offs

The Beannchor Group has announced the temporary layoff of up to 800 staff and the temporary closure of most of its portfolio of bars and hotels. The Dirty Onion and Yard Bird, The National, sixty6, Bullitt Belfast, The Ulster Sports Club and the Park Avenue Hotel will close with immediate... View Article

Hospitality facing challenges around Flybe & coronavirus

Hospitality facing challenges around Flybe & coronavirus

Flybe’s collapse this week, together with the ongoing global proliferation of coronavirus, is creating challenging conditions for the local hospitality trade. With inbound visitor numbers already in freefall due to concerns around Covid-19, Flybe’s collapse has substantially reduced Northern Ireland’s connectivity, with the beleaguered airline having operated over three-quarters of... View Article

Hospitality Ulster meets with Minister for the Economy

Hospitality Ulster meets with Minister for the Economy

Hospitality Ulster has welcomed direct engagement with the Minister for the Economy Diane Dodds MLA. The Minister met with the chief executive and Board of Hospitality Ulster this week in Belfast with a range of issues being discussed and the sector’s response to Coronavirus remaining a top priority. “There are... View Article

Insights on the menu at Taste of Tourism 2020 Summit

Insights on the menu at Taste of Tourism 2020 Summit

Trends, tips and tasty culinary insights are on the menu for the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) Taste of Tourism 2020 Summit on Tuesday 31st March 2020 in the Culloden Estate and Spa. The Summit was originally staged in 2016 as part of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink... View Article

Diversity charity launches new social heritage project

Diversity charity launches new social heritage project

Northern Ireland cultural diversity charity ArtsEkta has launched a new social heritage project, You, Me and Tea. The National Lottery Heritage Fund has invested £89,600 to support the project, which will explore Northern Ireland’s long association with tea and investigate connections with China and India, mapping important cultural and trade... View Article

Hospitality stakeholders launch new HATS skills initiative

Hospitality stakeholders launch new HATS skills initiative

A new employer-led network, spearheading delivery of an action plan aimed at supporting the attraction and retention of talent in Northern Ireland’s tourism sector, was officially launched this week. With a shared vision to grow a skilled and professional workforce to support the projected growth in tourism, the HATS network’s... View Article

Local ambassadors drive golf tourism at USA convention

Local ambassadors drive golf tourism at USA convention

Tourism NI is participating in a leading golf convention in the USA accompanied by key local industry as part of the drive to grow the value of golf tourism in Northern Ireland. Tourism NI, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, joined forces to sell the island of Ireland... View Article

Eastern Airways returns to Belfast City Airport with Teesside connection

Eastern Airways returns to Belfast City Airport with Teesside connection

Eastern Airways has announced its return to Northern Ireland with a six-times weekly service from George Best Belfast City Airport to Teesside International Airport. “Commencing on 9th March 2020, this service will further enhance air access from Northern Ireland to the north east of England,” said Katy Best, commercial director... View Article

HU welcomes scrapping of minimum salary threshold for immigrants

HU welcomes scrapping of minimum salary threshold for immigrants

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to scrap a £30,000 minimum salary threshold for immigrants arriving after Brexit has been welcomed by Hospitality Ulster Chief Executive Colin Neill. “The scrapping of this threshold will come as very welcome news to the hospitality sector here,” he said. “In Northern Ireland, with unemployment... View Article