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Tourism NI launches event funding programme 2017/2018

Posted by Tourism NI

Published September 26, 2016

Tourism NI has launched the Tourism Event Funding Programme to support the local event industry. The programme which opens today aims to increase visitor numbers and spend in the local economy, as well as raise the international profile of Northern Ireland.

It offers two funding streams to event organisers for events taking place in Northern Ireland from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

The first is the International Tourism Events Fund, which supports major events that attract visitors from out of state and will showcase Northern Ireland on a global stage as a unique tourism destination.
The second, the National Tourism Events Sponsorship Scheme, will support national events that contribute to a specific geographical area of Northern Ireland.

Aine Kearney, Tourism NI Director of Business Support and Events commented; “Events are a key tourism driver in Northern Ireland, they attract tourists, spectators and event participants increasing spend and length of time visitors stay.
“International events such as the Ulster Grand Prix and the Northern Ireland Open present a unique opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland and what it has to offer across various media outlets on a global platform. National events are critical in promoting our cultural heritage and bringing economic benefits to various regions across Northern Ireland.
“This year, the funding application process for both streams have been simplified, the Tourism NI Events team will be holding individual meetings with applicants who wish to apply for international funding and workshops for those interested in applying for the national scheme. “

Tourism NI workshops will be held in Derry-Londonderry, Ballycastle, Belfast and Armagh, inviting event organisers who wish to apply for funding with all of the information required to prepare an application. To book a place visit

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