Lord Mayor Wishes Tourism Operators Well as they Embark on Tourism Promotion in Scotland

17 Jan 2013

Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson, was on hand yesterday to wish representatives of Northern Ireland’s tourism industry ‘bon voyage’ as they departed for Glasgow to take part in Tourism Ireland’s first tourism promotion of 2013 – a networking event with key Scottish influencers which takes place in advance of Celtic Connections, Scotland’s premier winter music festival. 

In all, 15 tourism enterprises from around Northern Ireland – including hotels, visitor attractions, festivals and events and regional tourism organisations – are taking part in today’s B2B networking event, meeting and doing business with influential Scottish tour operators and travel agents, as well as various print and broadcast media. The event provides an invaluable platform for the participating Northern Ireland companies to network and win business for 2013. And given that Celtic Connections, one of the world’s largest traditional and roots music festivals, is kicking off in Glasgow this week, the tourism event was a particularly good opportunity to highlight our music and culture – vital components of the holiday experience in Northern Ireland.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Gavin Robinson, wished local tourism businesses every success as they departed for Glasgow. “I am optimistic that relationships can be forged which will lead to long-term benefits for all concerned,” he said. “We undoubtedly have a great deal to offer and this is an exciting opportunity to promote our many tourism assets.”

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted that so many of our Northern Ireland tourism industry partners are joining us this week in Glasgow, bringing the message to influential Scottish tour operators and travel agents that it is business as usual here in Northern Ireland. It is important that we continue to build upon the positive legacies of ni2012.

“With the superb programme for Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013 now under way, the G8 Summit in Fermanagh in June, the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast in August and the enormously successful Titanic Belfast experience, I am pleased to see the tourism industry keeping the ‘show on the road’.”

Representatives of the Northern Ireland tourism industry taking part in Tourism Ireland’s B2B networking event in Glasgow today include:

  • Causeway Coast & Glens
  • Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism
  • Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast
  • Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013
  • Hastings Hotels
  • Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen
  • Mooney Hotel Group
  • National Museums Northern Ireland
  • National Trust – Florence Court
  • National Trust – Mount Stewart
  • Ramada Portrush
  • Roe Park Resort, Limavady
  • St Patrick Centre, Downpatrick
  • Titanic Belfast

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Gavin Robinson with Ally Hill, Titanic Belfast; Patrick McLain, National Museums Northern Ireland; and Dr Tim Campbell, St Patrick Centre, Downpatrick, as they depart for Glasgow to take part in Tourism Ireland’s first tourism promotion of 2013.


Further media information: 
Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 028 7035 9260   Mob:  07766 527719

Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
• In 2011, 1.5 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £368 million.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is ireland.com; there are 11 different language versions for 30+ markets around the world.


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