Industry associations and bodies
Links to a range of tourism industry associations and bodies where you can find more information.
Invest NI – www.investni.com
Invest NI is the business development agency for Northern Ireland. It aims to grow the local economy by supporting new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland
NIBusinessInfo - www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/tourism 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.
Regional tourism partnerships and organisations
The following regional tourism partnerships and organisations support their members in providing assistance with tourism product development and in marketing local tourism providers at a regional and international level.
Visit Belfast - www.visit-belfast.com
Visit Derry - www.visitderry.com
Fermanagh Lakelands Tourism - www.fermanaghlakelands.com
Flavour of Tyrone - www.flavouroftyrone.com
Tourist Accommodation Associations
Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) - www.nihf.co.uk
The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation is a not-for-profit limited company representing the hotel and guesthouse sectors in Northern Ireland. Its main roles are identifying and reviewing issues affecting the hospitality industry and lobbying on the economic and employment opportunities of tourism.
Northern Ireland Bed and Breakfast Partnership (NIBBP)
NIBBP’s vision is to actively represent and further the business interests of the bed and breakfast and guest house industry in Northern Ireland. The partnership provides members with an open forum for sharing of knowledge and giving informed, single voice representation of the NI Bed and Breakfast sector at all levels of Government on matters relating to the ability of members to operate effectively. Contact: James McHenry, NIBBP Chairman Tel: 028 21771308 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
British Holiday and Home Parks Association - www.bhhpa.org.uk
The British Holiday & Home Parks represents the interests of the British parks industry. Membership is made up of the owners and managers of park home estates, touring and tenting parks, caravan holiday home parks, chalet parks and all types of self-catering accommodation.
National Caravan Council - www.nationalcaravan.co.uk
The National Caravan Council is the representative trade body for the UK caravan and motorhome industries, covering touring caravans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and residential park homes, all of which are legally defined as a caravan. Member companies come from all sectors of the industry, including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, park operators and specialist suppliers of products and services to the industry. Please see further information on the classification of caravan and camping parks in Northern Ireland.
Activity Tourism Associations
Outdoor Recreation NI - www.outdoorrecreationni.com
Outdoor Recreation NI is an organisation which brings together all groups and bodies, which have an interest, or involvement, in outdoor recreation in Northern Ireland. It is charged with the strategic development, management and promotion of outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland. Outdoor Recreation NI's vision is to ‘inspire outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland’.
Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) - www.igtoa.com
IGTOA represents local golf tour operators who promote Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a golf tourism destination.
International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) - www.iagto.com
IAGTO is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry. IAGTO's membership comprises 2463 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, approved media and business partners in 97 countries including, at its core, 662 specialist golf tour operators in 64 countries.
Loughs Agency – www.loughs-agency.org
The Loughs Agency is a cross-border body, exercising a statutory remit for conservation, protection and development across the Foyle and Carlingford catchments. The agency’s objectives for these river systems and sea areas include development of fisheries and aquaculture, conservation and protection of inland fisheries and sustainable development of marine tourism.
Waterways Ireland - www.waterwaysireland.org
Waterways Ireland has responsibility for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes.
Food and Drink industry associations
Hospitality Ulster – www.hospitalityulster.org
Hospitality Ulster is the professional body of the retail licensed trade in Northern Ireland, with members drawn from pubs, bars, café-bars, hotels and restaurants. The body aims to protect the integrity and sustainability of the unique social and cultural heritage of the retail licensed trade in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Association (NIFDA) - www.nifda.co.uk
NIFDA is a voluntary organisation committed to helping Northern Ireland food and beverage companies compete successfully and to represent and promote their interests. It was established to provide services to enhance, promote, inform, educate and develop member business.
Food NI – www.nigoodfood.com
Food NI provides a single promotional voice for Northern Ireland’s food and drink. The organisation works to enhance the reputation of Northern Ireland’s food and drink through the Taste of Ulster and Our Food So Good messages
The Flavour of Tyrone - www.flavouroftyrone.com
The Flavour of Tyrone aims to enhance customer experience through the provision of a high standard of customer care complimented by local fresh produce.
Tour Guides NI - tourguidesni.com
Tour Guides NI is a recently established Tour Guiding Body to act as a vehicle of progression for Northern Ireland Tour Guides. The vision is to create a broad, professional organisation to enhance the role of tour guiding within the rapidly growing tourism landscape in line with the recommendations of a Guiding. Tours can be delivered in a variety of ways; Walking, Taxi, Driver/Guides and by Coach
Northern Ireland Tourist Guiding Association - www.nitga.co.uk
NITGA is the professional guiding body in NI and works closely with tour operators, coach operators, the hotel industry and the tourist attractions located within Northern Ireland. NITGA believe that the services of a qualified tourist guide are one of the key elements that make a good holiday or tour a great holiday or tour.
Skills and training bodies
People 1st is the sector skills council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism.
People 1st are working to transform skills in the sector, particularly in the areas of management and leadership, customer service and craft/technical skills. People 1st are committed to ensuring that public funds support the industry to develop only those qualifications and programmes that meet the needs of employers.
Tourism Ireland - www.tourismireland.com
Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing the island of Ireland in Great Britain and overseas, increasing tourism to the island and supporting Northern Ireland to realise its potential. Tourism Ireland engages in strategic destination marketing on a worldwide basis and works in close cooperation with travel trade, online operators, media, carriers and industry partners on the island and overseas.
Visit Britain - www.visitbritain.org
VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain’s visitor economy. A non-departmental public body, funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, VisitBritain works with partners in the UK and overseas to ensure that Britain is marketed in an inspirational and relevant way around the world. VisitBritain's partners include Government agencies such as UKTI, airlines and operators, global brands, and official tourism bodies in regions throughout the UK.
Visitor Information Centres
Visitor Information Centres
There are 31 Visitor Information Centres (VICs) throughout Northern Ireland. The VIC network is a highly effective means of influencing visitors by promoting the local area and tourism product offering. The VIC network provide free tourist information, accommodation booking services, ticket sales for events and tours, sales of local grafts and souvenirs, and bureau de change facilities. Find the contact details of your local VIC.
Strategic Partnership 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.