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Tourism Spotlight
 
December 2018
 
 
GAME OF THRONES ™: THE TOURING EXHIBITION hits Belfast
 
Call your bannermen … TBL International is bringing HBO® Licensing & Retail and GES Events’ GAME OF THRONES: The Touring Exhibition to TEC Belfast, Northern Ireland for its debut visit to UK and Ireland for a limited run.
 
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National Tourism Event Sponsorship Scheme 2019/20
 
 
The National Tourism Events Sponsorship Scheme 2019/20, for tourism events taking place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, opened for applications on 3 December 2018 and will close automatically at 12 noon on 14 January 2019.
  
 
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Leading online travel agents share tips with industry
 
 
Tourism NI in partnership with the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and Tourism Ireland is today hosting a number of the world’s leading online travel agents as part of a workshop in Belfast.
 
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O'Neill Arms Country House Hotel Awarded Three Star Grading 
 
Tourism NI has awarded the O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel in Toomebridge a three star rating under its Accommodation Grading Scheme. Located on the banks of the River Bann, the O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel is a detached corner property surrounded by picturesque countryside. 
 
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Training and Events

Are you Ready for The 148th Open? - 22nd January, Culloden Estate & Spa
 
Tourism Northern Ireland has partnered with local councils to deliver a number of Business Engagement sessions to help ensure you, the NI business community, are ready for and maximising the opportunities from the 148th Open in 2019.
 
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People Power Masterclass - 26th February, Dunadry Hotel
 
The session aims to demonstrate best practice in people development and explore the areas of staff recruitment, motivation and retention within the tourism and hospitality sector. Registration is now open.
 
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Masterclass - 14 February, Tullyglass Hotel
 
More details coming soon.
 
 
If you missed any of our TED Programme events, the presentations and videos are available here tourismni.com/previous-events
 
Research and Intelligence

Unprecedented hotel sales
 
The latest available NISRA accommodation figures show there was a 5% increase in rooms sold in hotels, guesthouses, guest accommodation and B&Bs during Jan-Oct 2018, which equates to an additional 110,500 rooms sold compared with Jan-Oct 2017.
 
January-October 2018 saw hotels achieving unprecedented sales with almost 1.9 million rooms sold.  However both room and bed-space occupancy recorded decreases, impacted by the number of additional hotel rooms and beds to fill compared with the same period in 2017.   The hotel data specialist STR report that the average daily rate (ADR) for NI hotels was £79.69 during Jan-Oct 2018, up by 2% on Jan-Oct 2017.
 
At the end of October 2018 the number of available hotel rooms in Belfast increased by almost one third compared with October 2017.  This increase impacted on Belfast occupancy, however, the number of Belfast hotel rooms sold increased compared with Jan-Oct 2017.
 
The guest house/guest accommodation/B&B sector delivered a strong performance during Jan-Oct 2018, with increases in both occupancy and sales compared with the same period in 2017.
 
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We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2019!