Category Archives: Economy

Open for business?

Extending the licensing hours for pubs, clubs and restaurants has been widely lauded as having the potential to maximise tourism benefits. Licensing hours remain more restrictive in Northern Ireland than in the...

Trade shows on the move

Redevelopment plans for the King’s Hall site in South Belfast are opening up a major new opportunity for event organisers in the Titanic Quarter. The 6,000 square metre Titanic Exhibition Centre is...

A day in the Mournes

The Mourne Mountains in County Down offers a wide range of attractions to visitors but local people think that much more needs to be done to bring them there.  Peter Cheney talks...

Providing the environment for local tourism

Businesses in the Carrickfergus area are growing by tapping into the area’s tourism potential and its attractive visitor experience. Carrickfergus Enterprise has been operating in this area for many years. During this...

Unlocking Belfast’s full potential

Belfast Waterfront’s extension, to open next May, will deliver a wide range of new opportunities for conferencing and business tourism. Northern Ireland’s capital city is fast establishing itself as a must-visit business...

Growing business tourism

New facilities and a drive to attract national conferences are helping to put Northern Ireland on the map for business visitors. Recent figures for business tourism suggest that more development is needed...

Reshaping tourism policy

The restructuring of Tourism NI is designed to save money and promote Northern Ireland as part of a single economic brand. John Hunter’s review of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board was published...

Skills build economic success

Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry explains how Northern Ireland’s skills and apprenticeships strategies are giving the region a new economic edge. My department has a key role to play in...

Expanding air access

George Best City Airport hosted a round table discussion on air access as a key facilitator for business and tourism in Northern Ireland. How important is connectivity to the Northern Ireland economy?...