Council tradeshows getting businesses talking about tourism

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hosting three tourism tradeshows for businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector. It’s in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland and Northern Regional College.

Council tradeshows getting businesses talking about tourism.

The events are hoping to encourage businesses to work together, and with Council, to see how collaborative working can increase tourism potential and footfall to the Borough.

The tradeshows will feature key speakers including Norman McBride, Manager of Ballygally Castle Hotel; Colin Johnston, General Manager of Galgorm Resort & Spa and Deirdre Ward, Deputy Director, Historic Environment Division with responsibility for Carrickfergus Castle.

They are taking place on Wednesday 15 November 7-9pm in Ballymena’s Tullyglass Hotel and on Thursday 16 November 12-2pm at Ballygally Castle, Larne, and 7-9pm at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Paul Reid said, “Growing our economy and developing our tourism potential are key priorities for Council. By encouraging and inspiring our key tourism and hospitality businesses to work together and with us we can truly showcase our fantastic tourism product here in Mid and East Antrim to a global audience.

“Mid and East Antrim has some of the most beautiful and scenic land and seascapes in Northern Ireland is rich in culture and heritage and offers the warmest of welcomes from its local communities. With existing attractions like the Gobbins and Carrickfergus Castle, and a rich agri-food sector boasting high quality produce, our area has plenty to offer both local and international tourists, bringing investment and jobs to our Borough.”

The workshops not only offer an unmissable networking opportunity but will identify development training, further market knowledge and engage businesses in quality standard schemes.

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T: 02893 358222 or go to

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