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.
Commenting on NISRA’s latest tourism statistics released today, Tourism NI CEO John McGrillen said;
“Tourism NI is pleased at the performance of GB and overseas trips for the first nine months of 2015. From January to September we attracted 150,000 more GB and overseas visitors compared to the first 9 months of 2014, and these visitors contributed an additional £33m to the economy. GB holiday trips grew by 19% and business trips by 6%. GB visitors who travelled to see friends and family also increased by 10%.
As Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink moves firmly into ‘Love Local’ mode members of the food industry in the Derry-Strabane area are being invited to take part in a special Industry Development Day as part of the local council’s Enterprise Week.
The ‘Taste Our Best’ day takes place in the Guildhall on Monday 22nd February and features a host of guest speakers including celebrated Irish food critic Georgina Campbell and the BBC’s Paula McIntyre. The event is open to chefs and producers and will celebrate local food heritage and the food provenance of the region.
The event is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Tourism NI and the NI Regional Agri-Food programme under the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
As the February 22 deadline for entries for the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards approaches, Tourism NI has produced some online help for applicants on putting together a successful entry. The ‘Hints and Tips for Preparing a Winning Entry’ can be found here and includes advice on Best Practice guidelines and how you can implement them in your application. Service excellence, operational standards, marketing and sales excellence and networking and partnership are just some of the topics covered in the short presentation which can also be downloaded for future reference.
To complement the downloadable Year of Food and Drink brand guidelines and assets already available in our media library we have put together a larder full of ambient dressings and branded items from bunting to banners, sail flags to wooden spoons and everything in between.
We’ve made it as easy as possible for you to order and buy these branded items should you wish to use them to show your support for the Year of Food & Drink and incorporate the brand into your event or activity.
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