Northern Ireland’s unique food and drink heritage was showcased last week as five chefs from top Dubai hotels took part in a ‘larder challenge’ with Northern Ireland chefs at Belfast MET Culinary College. Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell joined the chefs at the Year of Food & Drink Tasting Buffet organised by Invest Northern Ireland as part of a programme to showcase the pure, natural, quality of our produce.
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.
The newly extended Belfast Waterfront welcomed 150 major conference organisers, event planners and meetings professionals for an exclusive preview of the soon to be completed 7,000m2 facility.
Industry insiders from the UK and Ireland enjoyed a truly spectacular event programme showcasing the remodelled facility, which will reopen in May 2016 following a £29.5 million investment by Tourism Northern Ireland (£5.2 million), Belfast City Council (£11 million), the European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland (£13.3 million).
Tourism NI have awarded Brownlow House a 4 star Quality Visitor Attraction rating highlighting the facility’s status as a must-see venue. The Elizabethan style building was the headquarters for American troops stationed in Northern Ireland during World War II and was visited by General Eisenhower – who went on to become 34th President of the United States – in 1944.
Tourism NI has signed up for Business in the Community’s £ for lb 12-week challenge, committing to helping its employees lose weight whilst at the same time supporting local charities. Last year, more than 1,700 people from 30 companies in Northern Ireland took part in the challenge, losing a combined 9,950 lbs. Comparatively, this was the weight of a large male hippo! This year, the friendly challenge, which is being supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Westfield Health, will involve at least 2,000 employees from 40 companies, with employers and employees matching every pound lost with a charitable donation.
A packed-to-capacity Screen Tourism Insight was hosted by Tourism Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen on 28th January at Crumlin Road Jail.
Featuring film tourism consultant and author Stefan Roesch as keynote speaker, the event included sessions on developing engaging tourism experiences built around the host of Northern Ireland locations that have been used for film productions to date.
Pictured are, left, Moyra Lock, Northern Ireland Screen, centre, Stefan Roesch, film tourism consultant and Tourism NI Director of Product Development Laura McCorry.
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Hundreds of people across Northern Ireland joined the food revolution last week at four Tourism NI roadshows aimed at officially introducing Year of Food and Drink 2016. Members of the local tourism industry as well as a host of stakeholders including food producers, distributors and local authorities, came together to share ideas and discuss the themes of the year in Derry, Enniskillen, Armagh and Belfast. TourismNI.com joined the conversation at the Stormont Hotel on Friday, asking some attendees for their thoughts on the day.
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