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CCR Tourism Cluster: Speed Networking Event – Monday 18 November 2019 at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

Our next CCR Tourism Cluster meeting is a speed networking event, kindly hosted by the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort. At the start of the meeting, there will also be a presentation by TNI on the new brand for NI launched this week at the World Travel Market in London.  This will be our first Cluster event involving all four cluster groups across the region. Speed Networking is an excellent opportunity to find out more about what the region has to offer visitors and to help identify other tourism business partners you could potentially work with to develop exciting new experiences and offers.


12.30pm:  Lunch £12.00pp (optional extra networking opportunity)

1.45pm:  Registration & Tea/Coffee

2.00pm:  The New Brand for Northern Ireland, Tourism Northern Ireland

2.30pm:  Speed Networking

4.15pm:  Meeting Close

To Book:

As we need to confirm numbers to the hotel, please email Michael Bird at secretary@antrimglenstoruism.com by 5.00pm Thursday 14 November if you plan:

  • to attend the meeting
  • to attend for lunch

CCAG Council – Christmas Light Switch Ons: Sponsorship Opportunity

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will stage Nine Christmas Light Switch On events in Ballymoney, Limavady, Ballycastle, Coleraine, Portstewart, Dungiven, Garvagh, Portrush and Kilrea on various dates between 21st Nov and 7th December. These FREE, family friendly events typically attract around 15,000 to 20,000 spectators and will offer a superb platform for your company to reach a family audience. Each event will include some of the elements listed below.

  • Appearance by Santa Claus to switch on the Christmas lights in each town
  • Live entertainment
  • Local choirs carol singing
  • Primary school children will get the opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto and receive a small gift
  • Spectacular Festive Parade (Coleraine Only)
  • Walkabout characters
  • Quiet Time Sessions with Santa Claus in Ballymoney, Limavady, Ballycastle and Coleraine
  • Fabulous Festive Lighting will be Switched On in each town

As the sole sponsor, your company would benefit from the following;

  • Mention as sole sponsor in 60 x 30-second advertisements airing on radio
  • Mention as sole sponsor during interviews with local radio stations
  • Mention as sponsor and invite to photo-call for local press prior to event
  • Mention as sponsor on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council website and Causeway Coast & Glens Events social media sites: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
  •  Your logo to feature in 3000 Christmas flyers as sole sponsor of Nine Christmas Light Switch On events
  • Your banners and promotional material to dress the venue(s)
  • Photo-call at the events with local press
  • Opportunity to assist Santa Claus with the Switch On ceremonies

This cost effective package is available for £3,000 + VAT.
(A one page in just one of the local papers can be £1,200 + VAT).
Expressions of interest in relation to this Sponsorship Opportunity should be sent to the Events Development Officer by 12 noon on Friday 1st November 2019 for Council consideration.

If you require any more information please contact me at the email or number below.
Yours faithfully
Gareth Fall

Events Development Officer
(028) 7034 7237 or 077 1223 5744


Meet the Buyer 2020 – 24 March 2020

Location: ICC Belfast

Date: 24 March 2020

Time: 9-5pm

Save the date

Following the unprecedented success of the 2019 event, which was the largest to date, we are delighted to announce dates for Meet the Buyer 2020.

Meet the Buyer is the largest international tourism networking platform held in Northern Ireland each year.

This event provides an ideal opportunity for you to showcase your tourism business to a pre-qualified group of international buyers and, in so doing, increase your share of the lucrative tourism market in Northern Ireland

Registration information and full event details will be announced in late November

Places at the event are likely to be in high demand and are limited. Please ensure you register early to secure your place.


Incoming Tour Operators Association Workshop – 12 Nov 2019

Location: Titanic Belfast
Host: ITOA
Date: 12 November 2019
Time: 11.30am – 10pm

Tourism Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Incoming Tour Operators Association (ITOA) Ireland will host the second ITOA Workshop in Northern Ireland at Titanic Belfast on Tuesday 12th November 2019.

Following the success of the 2018 ITOA Workshop, held in Belfast, the Incoming Tour Operators Association of Ireland will once again invite their members to attend a networking event with representatives from the Northern Ireland tourism industry.

ITOA is the representative association of many of Ireland’s premier inbound tour operators, ground handling agents and destination management companies. ITOA members delivered 743,500 promotable visitors in 2018, with an associated spend of €595m with Irish tourism businesses, which equates to 11% of the national total visitor spend.

The workshop in Belfast will offer a unique opportunity for tourism businesses in Northern Ireland to engage with the 33 ITOA member organisations.

The event will include an opening presentation giving an overview on ITOA and the opportunities presented by their members.

An overview on the newly launched Northern Ireland Experience Brand will also take place.

This will be followed by the workshop where delegates will have the opportunity to meet members through a series of 8 minute meetings.

A dinner will take place later that evening at Ulster Hall, Belfast for further networking opportunities with the members.

Places at this event are limited and will be in high demand.  if you wish to attend this valuable sales platform please register now!

Please note that registration will close once the full allocation of Northern Ireland industry places has been reached.

Pavement Cafes Information Sessions – 12 Nov 2019

12 November 2019

Session 1: 09.30 – 10.30am

Session 2: 2.30 – 3.30pm

Causeway Coast and Glens Council will be hosting two information seminars for those who currently operating a Pavement Café or are thinking of doing so. All agencies involved in granting the pavement café licence will be in attendance to guide you through the process of applying for the pavement café licence.

Topics covered:
• Legislation
• Application & Costs
• Suitability Criteria
• Council Powers

Target Audience: Current or Prospective Pavement Café operators

Organising Company: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Email: town.management@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Telephone: 028 703 47298

Venue: CRUN

Town: Coleraine

Postcode: BT52 1PW

Booking Links:

Morning session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pavement-cafes-tickets-78149046903

Afternoon session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pavement-cafes-tickets-78152272551

Event Cost: FREE

Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism Trade Clinic – 12 Nov 2019

12 November 2019

Start Time: 9.00am

End Time: 5.00pm

If you are starting a new tourism venture, thinking of expanding or diversifying your existing business, seeking information on training or simply have a query that you would like help with, then this is your opportunity to meet 1:1 with a member of the Trade Engagement Team. To find out more or to book an appointment please email

Target Audience: Tourism and Hospitality Trade

Organising Company: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Email: engagement@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Telephone: 02870347234

Venue: Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre

Town: Limavady

Postcode: BT49 0FJ

Booking Link: engagement@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Event Cost: Free



Forthcoming meetings October 2019 – January 2020

Antrim Glens Tourism (AGT) Cluster Meeting:

  • Tue 15 October 2019 – CANCELLED.  This meeting will not take place as the committee considered that it was too soon after the meetings held in September.

Causeway Coastal Route (CCR) Cluster Meeting:

  • Monday 18 November 2019 at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort, Ballymena.  This will be a speed networking event starting at 2.00pm (optional lunch from 12.45pm)

AGT Cluster Meeting and Christmas Dinner:

  • Thursday 12 December 2019 – evening event, venue tba.

AGT Annual General Meeting:

  • Tuesday 28 January 2020 – 10.00am, venue tba.

Glens of Antrim Storytelling Festival 2019

The Glens of Antrim Storytelling Festival runs from 23 – 27 October 2019.  Celebrating the rich culture of the area, the festival features local and international storytellers and musicians and caters for all ages and interests across a range of venues.  For more information please visit http://www.goastories.org/





Causeway Coast and Glens – What’s On Week Commencing 07 Oct 2019

CCAG What’s On Week Commencing 7 Oct

Antrim Glens Tourism Meeting

Antrim Glens Tourism Meeting

Monday 16 Sept 10.30am

Cushendun Old Church

Just a reminder about our next AGT/Glens Tourism Cluster meeting this coming Monday 16 September from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Cushendun Old Church    

Please see the agenda below – we look forward to seeing a many members as possible as this is a great opportunity to visit this spectacular new venue in Cushedun and to pick up a few tips on how to build your brand online.



Cushendun Old ChurchKaty English, Cushendun Building Preservation Trust

Guest Speaker: Portia Woods, Carrickfergus Enterprise Agency

Building and Telling Your Brand Story Online

An informal basic guide to using tools such as hashtags and other useful, practical tips on maximising your online presence to improve your online communication and build your brand through telling your story.


1.      Minutes from last meeting 

2.      Business Development

3.      Industry Update

a.      CCR Cluster Development

b.      Tourism NI

c.       Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

d.      Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

4.      Visitor Experience

a.      Glens Storytelling Festival 2019: Liz Weir

b.      Litter Campaign

c.       Public Transport Services

5.      Financial Report 

a.      Membership 2019

b.      Income & Expenditure

c.       Grants and Awards

6.      Any Other Business (AOB)

7.      Next Meetings