Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell and Finance Minister Arlene Foster have welcomed the announcement of UNESCO Global Geopark status for the Marble Arch Caves.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is an immense pleasure for me to be here at Titanic Belfast this morning with a whole range of people who either want to be, or who already are at the edge of leadership and innovation in digital travel and tourism technology.
So a very good morning and a warm welcome to the Digital Tourism Conference.
Enterprise Trade & Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell has congratulated Northern Ireland’s Food & Drink Industry on yet another highly successful year.
In this year’s Great Taste Awards, 69 companies were awarded 191 gold stars. In the Irish Quality Food Awards, 13 products from Northern Ireland companies gained category awards; 16 were highly commended and six were commended and in the recent Blas Na hÉireann, Irish Food Awards, Northern Ireland companies won a total of 45 awards.
The Hungarian ambassadors to the UK and to Ireland have been introduced to some of Northern Ireland's iconic tourism attractions.
During a two-day fact finding visit the ambassadors also met senior Tourism NI officials for a briefing on the recent success of the tourism industry and its plans for future growth.
Concerns remain about impact of Euro exchange rate on visits from the Republic of Ireland
Latest statistics released today by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show a 2% growth in overall trips to Northern Ireland during January to June 2015. The increase in trips was driven by overseas and Great Britain visits which generated an additional £4.5 million. The domestic market also grew by +2% overall.
Figures released today indicate that overall visitor numbers for the first six months of 2015 (January – June) showed a further 2% increase to 2.1 million on the record levels of visitor numbers achieved in 2014.
Overall visitor numbers for the full year to June 2015 are up to 4.55 million an increase of 9% on the year to June 2014.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Tourism NI Chairman Terence Brannigan said;
“The confirmation that The Open is to be staged at Portrush in July 2019, and twice more by 2040, will be greeted with huge excitement and pride by our local tourism industry. Our planning can now begin in earnest.
The R&A announced today that The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush in 2019, marking a historic return to Northern Ireland for golf’s oldest and most international Championship after nearly 70 years.
The Open, which was played at Royal Portrush in 1951, when Englishman Max Faulkner lifted the famous Claret Jug, is expected to be the biggest sporting event ever held in Northern Ireland, generating more than £70 million in terms of economic impact and destination marketing benefit.
The chairman of Tourism NI has said cluster collaborations like Cycle Sperrins is key to supporting the region’s global agenda.
Terence Brannigan was speaking at the launch of Cycle Sperrins - a tourism led initiative involving a group of small businesses in the Sperrins Cycle Consortium whose aim is to attract touring cyclists from across the globe to the rustic Sperrin Mountains.
Volunteers who have gone the extra mile to clean up and look after our coastline, loughs and inland waterways have been recognised by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as part of the prestigious Coca-Cola Coast Care Awards and Seminar event held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
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