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Digital Causeway Programme

The Digital Causeway Programme will assist over 300 businesses located within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area over a 3-year period.

For more information and an overview of the type of support available, please see here.

25th Institute of Hospitality NI Awards 2020 – now open

The Institute of Hospitality Northern Ireland Awards for Professionalism are the longest established hospitality awards in Northern Ireland, recognising the success of individuals working in all sectors of the industry. Entries are now open for the 2020 awards. #IOHNI25

The awards provide a platform to celebrate individual managers who have made a recognisable contribution to their place of work and to the industry in general.

There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in hospitality. An increase of 3,000 bedrooms is anticipated across Northern Ireland by 2021 and Belfast is currently the number one city in the UK for hotel investment. There is also an ambition to double the value of the tourism sector by 2020. It makes sense for us to recognise hard working, innovative, passionate professionals – those that really do go above and beyond the call of duty.

The deadline for entries is Monday 10 February 2020 and judging will take place on Tuesday 10 March and Wednesday 11 March 2020 at Crowne Plaza, Belfast. The Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be at Crowne Plaza Belfast on Friday 15 May 2020.

Don’t forget the awards are open to any eligible candidate who fits the criteria. You don’t have to be a member to take part.

Please see the website for more information – here.

If you have any questions regarding the Institute of Hospitality Northern Ireland Awards for Professionalism 2020, please contact:
IoH NI Awards Events Team
c/o Jcomms
Tel: 02896 931 576
Email: IoHNI@jcomms.co.uk

NI Tourism Awards 2020 – now open

Location: Slieve Donard Resort & Hotel
Date: 4 June 2020
Time: 9am-3pm

Tourism businesses across Northern Ireland are encouraged to get their entries in to the 2020 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards in association with Diageo Northern Ireland.

The awards will take place on Thursday 6th June in Slieve Donard Resort & Spa.

These awards recognise and reward excellence, best practice and innovation by tourism and hospitality businesses across Northern Ireland over the last twelve months

This year, businesses have the opportunity to compete for twelve categories including a new category for 2020, Excellence in International Marketing & Sales, and individual categories for B&B and Guest House accommodation providers for the first time.

The deadline for submitting entries for the awards is 5pm Friday 21st February.

For Full details on categories, criteria, and how to enter please click here.


Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2020 Information Session

 To help you get the most out of this year’s awards process,Tourism Northern Ireland is holding an industry information session on Monday 27th January at Dunadry Hotel & Gardens.

This short morning session, running from 10am – 12.30pm will include a summary of how to enter for this year’s awards, explain the updated judging process and aim to answer any questions you may have.

For full details and to secure your place, please click here.


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.