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Christmas 2019 – MEA’s Tourism and Hospitality e-zine

The latest edition of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s ezine can be read here.

December 2019 – Mid and East Antrim Tourism and Hospitality News e-zine

The latest tourism and hospitality news from Mid and East Antrim Council can be accessed here.



Embrace Giant Spirit – Tourism NI’s new brand is launched

Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland launched the new ‘Embrace A Giant Spirit’ brand at the World Travel Market trade show in London in early November 2019.

The new destination brand will be used to promote Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland and internationally, with the aim of increasing visitor numbers and ensuring economic impact across all regions.  Northern Ireland – Embrace a Giant Spirit will communicate a high quality experience to visitors that is recognisable as distinctively Northern Irish.

You can read more about the launch and the brand here 

More information about brand guidelines and media assets may be found here.


November 2019 – Mid and East Antrim Tourism and Hospitality News E-zine


The latest Tourism e-zine from Mid and East Antrim Council can be accessed here.



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


Enterprise Barometer Survey for Small and Micro Businesses


ENI are giving small businesses the chance to have their voices heard through our new survey for small and micro business operators and self-employed, about your business operation and performance, the present business environment and what support and guidance you need.

Please take this opportunity, at this uncertain time economically and politically, to have your vital say.

This survey is engaging with businesses like yours throughout Northern Ireland, across the Enterprise NI network – it is really important that your valuable contribution is heard.
On completion of the survey you have the opportunity to win a £500 voucher to purchase technology.

Click here to complete survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/enterprisebarometer


Mid & East Antrim Tourism & Hospitality News, Sep & Oct 2019


The latest e-zine from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council with a round up of Tourism and Hospitality News for September and October 2019 is available to read here.

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.

New European Package Travel Regulations come into force in July 2018:

The new Package Travel Directive (PTD) comes into effect in the UK on 1 July 2018 and is now referred to as Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements 2018. 

The new definition of a ‘package’ is much wider than we are used to. It won’t just encompass all holidays which include two or more travel services (transport, accommodation, car hire and other tourist services) that are booked under a single contract with a tour operator. It will also include holidays where the services are booked with separate suppliers where the customer selects the travel services from one shop, call centre or website – including through a travel agent – before agreeing to pay.

This wider definition will turn many holidays that are currently sold as Travel-Plus into packages.

Alongside the package, the directive also creates a new type of regulated holiday – the Linked Travel Arrangement (LTA).

An LTA is a holiday that includes two or more travel services but applies when the customer makes a single visit to a shop or website and selects and pays for each service separately.

Click on the following link to see the new Package Travel Regulations 2018



Congratulations to our Glens Tour Guides

Huge congratulations to all our Antrim Glens Tourism members who received their OCN Level 2 & 3 Heritage Tour Guide certificates on 30 August 2017 in Cushendall.

AGT member tour guides in the photo include (L to R starting 4th from the left : John Robbin (Craicntour), Donnell O’Loan (Antrim Glens Guiding), Mark Rogers (Dalriada Kingdom Tours), Flip Robinson (Giant Tours Ireland), Keven McGowan (Nine Glens Walking Tours), Eamon Robbin (Glen Haven Holidays) and seated far right, Fiona Jones (Glens of Antrim Tours).


The training was delivered by Colette McCafferty and Judith Boyle and sponsored by the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership. Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Cathal McLaughlin, and Deputy Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Cheryl Johnston presented the certificates to the tour guides.