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Tourism Business Funding

If you are thinking of starting a tourist accommodation business or already operate an established tourist accommodation establishment and wish to expand, Invest NI can provide you with advice and a range of programmes and financial support to help you grow and develop your business further.

Invest NI

The Invest Northern Ireland Tourism Team can advise you on the commercial aspects of your tourist accommodation development.

Financial assistance may be available to established businesses or to help develop new accommodation businesses.
Invest NI may also offer a wide range of advice and guidance to tourism accommodation businesses including:

  • IT and e-business issues
  • Training
  • Design and marketing
  • Market research information
  • Energy and water efficiencies is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland provided by Invest NI. It delivers up to date information and practical advice on a range of topics including starting up, finance and grants, employment and skills development, workplace health and safety, sales and marketing, international trade and growing your business, etc.

You can contact the Invest NI Tourism Team on Tel 028 9023 9090 or email

Other funding options


NI Small Business Loan Fund
What is the NI Small Business Loan Fund?
The NI Small Business Loan Fund (“the Fund”) will provide typically unsecured loans to individuals, private companies and social enterprises in the SME and micro enterprise size range in the start-up and growth phases of development.

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Strategic Partnership Grant Fund

Section 11 of the Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 provides the power to provide financial assistance to the tourism industry. Tourism NI administers selective financial assistance via the state aid approved Tourism Industry (Financial Assistance) Scheme 1992 (known as the Tourism Development Scheme).  The Strategic Partnership Grant Fund is approved under this scheme.

This fund aims to support the achievement of Tourism NI’s Programme for Government targets through collaboration with various strategic partners who are considered best placed by Tourism NI to deliver its wider business objectives.

A copy of the operating guidelines are available on request.