Tourism NI is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to visitors within Northern Ireland and from the Republic of Ireland.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell, has welcomed the announcement over 100 tour operators are due to visit Northern Ireland.
Speaking after a meeting with representatives of the European Federation of Chinese Tourism the Minister said: “The pace of the growth of tourism in China is staggering. In 2015, Chinese outbound tourists will reach 100 million, growing ten-fold since the turn of the millennium. While the traditional visitor markets are still key there is significant potential for us to attract many more Chinese visitors to Northern Ireland."
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell was joined by Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen in a visit to Mount Stewart in Newtownards today.
Speaking during the visit the Minister said: “Mount Stewart is a historically significant property and a key player in attracting tourists to the Strangford Lough region. Attractions such as these are a vital component for both the local tourist offering of the Ards and Strangford area and for attracting international visitors to Northern Ireland.
This Pancake Tuesday (February 9) Tourism NI will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people flipping a pancake in one spot as part of the Year of Food and Drink 2016. The record-breaking attempt will take place with the help of Asda, Irwin’s and Belfast Met in the Courtyard at Belfast Met's Titanic Quarter campus. Some of the participants - TNI, Asda and Irwin’s - were down at Belfast Met today to get in some practice ahead of the attempt. The public are also invited to join in the fun on the day with pans and pancakes provided for the first 1000 people to join in.
They may be more used to bagels, but New Yorkers are being encouraged to try some wheaten, soda or potato bread instead.
The call came from Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell as he launched the NI Year of Food and Drink 2016 in the city.
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