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Shaped for Success, MEA’S Inaugural Hospitality and Tourism Seminar, 29 Jan 2020

Shaped for Success is Mid and East Antrim’s inaugural Tourism and Hospitality Seminar.

About this Event

Shaped for Success is Mid and East Antrim’s inaugural Tourism and Hospitality Seminar, bringing industry specialists and tourism and hospitality businesses together to shape individual and borough potential for tourism success in 2020 and beyond.

Book your place now to hear from our exciting line-up of speakers and to have one-to-one meetings with our industry partners, to help you shape your business, shape your sales and be shaped for success.

In the morning, we will welcome inspirational keynote speakers including:

• Jason Powell, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Be part of Shaped by Sea and Stone

• Carolyn Boyd, Tourism NI

Maximise opportunities to grow your Tourism business in 2020 and beyond

• Geoff Wilson, Geoff Wilson Consultancy

Move your business in the right direction

• Brendan Murphy, Ghost Consultancy

Growth Strategy – growing your personal business

• Debbie Rymer, SAND Marketing & The SAND Marketing Academy

The content maximiser – connecting with your consumer in a complex, technology-enabled, and mobile-oriented world

• Tony Haren, Admor Business Solutions

Improve Your Profit (and Cash)

• Paul Mellon, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

How MEA support programmes can help you shape your business

After lunch, there will be a Tourism Advisory Clinic with an opportunity to have one to one meetings with various industry partners.

Open to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council businesses or tourism enterprises bringing visitors into the Mid and East Antrim Borough area.

You can book your place here:

Causeway Coast & Glens – What’s On week commencing 23 Dec 2019

Here’s the latest news for What’s On in The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.

CCAG What’s On Week Commencing 23 Dec

Causeway Coast and Glens – What’s On Week Commencing 02 Dec 2019

The latest news from Causeway Coast and Glens Council.

CCAG What’s On Week Commencing 2 Dec

AGT Christmas Dinner – Thursday 12 Dec 2019

The Antrim Glens Tourism Cluster’s Christmas Dinner is at 7.00pm on Thursday 12 December 2019 at The Laragh Lodge, Glenariffe.

Please see the attached menu  – if you are attending, we will need your menu choices in by 6pm Monday 9 December.

Partners and spouses all welcome. The cost is: 2 courses £17.95 and 3 courses £22.95 both including tea or coffee (to be paid on the night).

Please reply to Michael at secretary@antrimglenstourism.com with your menu choices.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Laragh Lodge Xmas Menu 2019


Causeway Coast & Glens – What’s On Week Commencing 25 Nov 2019

CCAG What’s On Week Commencing 25 Nov

Causeway Coast and Glens – What’s On Week Commencing 18 Nov 2019

CCAG What’s On Week Commencing 18 Nov

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.