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Events Unit

Whether it is home-grown events or major one-off internationals, events in general have the capacity to showcase our people and places on a global stage.

Events can drive visitor numbers, generate increased spend and also provide platforms for the visitor to interact with the local culture, local people and explore our scenic landscapes and cities.

UK Mega Event Policy Framework

In 2017, the UK Mega Event Policy Framework was developed in partnership by the country’s lead major event organisations, and will seek to ensure that the world’s biggest events continue to be regularly hosted in the UK. Objectives set out within the framework will help identify long-term mega event hosting targets across the UK, reduce the likelihood of bidding and delivery conflict and enhance collaboration and co-hosting opportunities in an increasingly devolved UK landscape. 

UK Mega Event Policy Framework (pdf download)

Events Strategic Vision for Northern Ireland

This strategy aims to provide a clear vision and to support the events industry and strengthen the position of Northern Ireland as a must-see destination.

Events Strategic Vision to 2020 (pdf download)




Tourism NI Tourism Event Funding Programme 2017/18

Tourism NI’s Tourism Event Funding Programme 2017/18 is now closed. The schemes available are:

International Tourism Events Fund

This has now closed. The fund was open for applications from Monday 26 September 2016 at 10am to Monday 31 October 2016 at 12 noon.

National Tourism Events Sponsorship Scheme

This is now closed.  The fund was open for applications from Monday 10 October 2016 at 10am to Monday 14 November 2016 at 12 noon.

Tourism NI’s Events Team hosted a series of workshops and one to one sessions to give details on the National Tourism Events Sponsorship Scheme. If you missed these workshops you can download the presentation here:

To access your application to the Tourism Event Funding Programme click here.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Tourism Event Funding Programme 2017/18, click here.

To apply for the Tourism Event Funding Programme click here.