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.
The Armagh Ambassador Programme officially kicked off this week at the Armagh Planetarium.
The ground-breaking initiative is being pioneered by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to showcase the wide range of arts, culture, heritage and visitor attractions which are available at the very heart of Armagh.
Tourism NI has announced a new strategic partnership with Volunteer Now, the lead body in Northern Ireland for the promotion, development and support of volunteering. The partnership was announced as 20 volunteers from the organisation joined Tourism NI (TNI) at their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for pancake flipping at Belfast Met on Tuesday.The partnership will ensure that volunteers will continue to contribute to a world class visitor experience, in line with the Tourism Strategy 2020, and that volunteering is embedded in future international and national events. It follows on from successful volunteer involvement at previous TNI events including the World Police and Fire Games, Giro D’Italia, Irish Open and Tall Ships.
With Breakfast Month of January well and truly under Year of Food and Drink’s belt, food producers and hospitality providers have been using the month of February to declare their Love for Local, placing local produce and artisan excellence at the heart of the visitor experience. And what more traditional way can there be of proving your devotion than taking the name of the one you love – or at least incorporating its colloquialisms - into your own title? Such is the loyalty to ‘local’ of the Fed and Watered restaurant, based in the departure lounge at Belfast International Airport.
As part of the Year of Food and Drink 2016 plans, Tourism NI gathered hundreds of people in the Courtyard of Belfast Met Titanic Quarter today (Shrove Tuesday) to attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most people flipping a pancake. The current record for the most people flipping a pancake for a duration of thirty seconds in one place, without dropping it, currently stands at 890, but Tourism NI together with Belfast Met Titanic Quarter, Asda and Irwin’s Bakery, hopes to have smashed it by getting 1000 flippers.
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.
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