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Giro d’Italia 2014: “It’s a lot more than a cycling race”

Tue 8 October 2013, 3:17pm
Giro d'Italia 2014 stage1

Tweet When the BBC leaked the proposed route of the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia 2014 last week it was greeted by ritual wailing and gnashing of teeth by various representatives of the ‘excluded’ west Belfast. And with the whingeing out of the way, the official announcement was able to be welcomed with more decorum by […] more »

The Sad State of North Belfast’s Riverside

Thu 21 February 2013, 3:15pm

Tweet A bright, cold, day earlier this week saw me head out for a constitutional along what is now rather a pleasant route along the banks of the Lagan past the Odyssey and up to the Titanic Museum. With the hazy afternoon sun making the East Belfast bank of the river look particularly pretty, and […] more »

And at Belfast City Airport: “Joy to the world…”

Fri 21 December 2012, 9:59am

Tweet I’m more of an Aldergrove man myself these days, but this is just, well, nice… more »

Expect an influx of social energisers and culturally curious tourists in 2013 … as well as the G8 leaders

Wed 5 December 2012, 6:08pm
Niall Gibbons Arlene Foster

Tweet Slugger readers in Great Britain who fall into the marketing segments of “social energisers” and “culturally curious” should expect to see adverts tempting them across the shuck Irish Sea in 2013 to “explore the landscapes, history and culture we have on offer”. social energisers = 18-34, no kids; heavy social networkers; often living in […] more »

The Gathering: Why isn’t NI getting any of this #Diasporic action…

Tue 4 December 2012, 12:32pm

Tweet Nice report from Al Jazeera… I’ll let it speak for itself… more »

For what is Northern Ireland going to be known in 2013?

Thu 29 November 2012, 3:32pm
Our Time Our Place logo

Tweet As NI2012 Our Place Our Time comes to a halt, does Northern Ireland Tourist Board have a fight on its hands to maintain this year’s impetus? Competition comes from Tourism Ireland’s The Gathering (which Tourism Minister Arlene Foster made no mention of in her party conference speech at the weekend) not to mention VisitScotland’s […] more »

#Creationism to be included in the [#GiantsCauseway] exhibition, as a grant condition.

Tue 16 October 2012, 5:16pm

Tweet The British Humanist Association is reporting that an FOI request by Andew Muir of the Alliance Party suggests that the origin of the creationist content in the National Trusts’ Giant’s Causeway exhibit can be traced back to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment: … an email uncovered by the Alliance Party, from a civil servant […] more »

“I think that Northern Ireland needs great cultural events for an international audience”

Tue 28 August 2012, 2:20pm

Tweet The Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival makes the pages of the New York Times.  From the New York Times article The Happy Days festival has a budget of £300,000 (about $474,400), of which the greatest part comes from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, with smaller contributions […] more »

Oh les beaux jours!

Fri 24 August 2012, 3:06pm

Tweet As the Irish Times notes, the inaugural five-day Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival is under way.  Launched yesterday by the Northern Ireland Tourism Minister, the DUP’s Arlene Foster, as part of the NI2012 “Our time, our place” programme.   Funded by the NI Tourist Board,  Arts Council of NI National Lottery funds, the London 2012 […] more »

We’re looking for questions for Friday’s #DigitalLunch panel, now!!

Wed 15 August 2012, 3:53pm

Tweet A quick heads up on Friday’s #DigitalLunch session on Google Plus… This week we ask how digital is affecting tourism? And not just at home, but globally. To that end we hope to have guests from as far apart as a Caracas and east Africa, encompassing industry practitioners and travel writers. In contrast to […] more »

“Mr Varadkar said Ireland and Britain could become a ‘mini-Schengen’”

Mon 14 May 2012, 7:53pm

Tweet The Irish Times reports some odd comments by the Irish Government Tourism and Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar, at a meeting of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly at Leinster House in Dublin.  Odd, that is, given what we already know.  From the Irish Times report Mr Varadkar said tourists and business visitors should not be […] more »

Snap, Craickle and Pop: The Controversy of Popular Gaelicisation

Wed 2 May 2012, 10:11am

Tweet Ever since Ireland was told that the black stuff might not be Irish, but rather a porter stout from Covent Garden, the country has descended into a frantic state of uncertain soul-searching and impassioned reflection to clarify once and for all what is actually ‘Irish’ (potatoes, Gaelic Storm, and Saint Patrick aside).   But […] more »

“At present persons granted an Irish visa are not permitted to use that visa to travel to the UK.”

Mon 23 April 2012, 2:36pm

Tweet Not that we didn’t already know that…  However, the Northern Ireland Tourism Minister, the DUP’s Arlene Foster, fielded a number of NI Assembly questions back in Feb/March on the issue of the Irish Government’s “Visa Waiver Scheme for nationals of 16 countries who hold a valid visa for entry into the United Kingdom.” Here […] more »

#CATJRF: A property asset is much like any other asset…

Mon 20 February 2012, 12:25pm

Tweet Most prominent examples of asset transfer in Northern Ireland tend to be to ‘stewards’, i.e. where ownership is retained by a statutory sector landlord leaving the group to concentrate on delivering community services. Government in Northern Ireland has been traditionally shy of transferring the title to pre existing physical assets, for a range of understandable […] more »

The Amelia Earhart mystery may soon be solved

Fri 17 December 2010, 8:58pm

Tweet Ever eager to take a share of wider fame, the Derry heritage industry will be as keen as anyone to learn the verdict of the tests on a sliver of bone found off Kiribati. Her story shows that Derry did not quite enjoy a monopoly of the famous American aviator but if the riddle of […] more »

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