NITA submits evidence to the NI Affairs Committee Inquiry into Tourism in Northern Ireland

Posted 10 Jun, 2019

The NI Affairs Committee launched their Tourism in Northern Ireland Inquiry at the end of February 2019. In this new inquiry, the Committee will examine the importance of tourism to the economy and society of Northern Ireland more widely and investigate ways in which the industry could be improved or further supported.

NITA submitted evidence to the inquiry based on discussions with the wider membership laying out the opportunities and challenges facing Tourism in NI. You can read our submission here.

On 22nd May, I attended the NI Affairs Committee meeting in Westminster to provide oral evidence to the committee for their Inquiry on Tourism in NI. Alongside NITA members NI Hotel Federation, Hospitality Ulster and Tour Guides NI, there was a wide ranging discussion covering the significant economic impact of Tourism & issues such as the need for a joined up strategy, competitiveness (VAT/APD/Liquor Licensing), Skills, Access, extending the regionality and seasonality and the impact of the growing number of individual travellers and the use of digital platforms. You can watch back at

The Inquiry is still on-going with further oral evidence sessions planned. For more information you can keep up to date at the NI Affairs Committee portal.

Joanne Stuart NITA, Janice Gault NI Hotel Federation, Colin Neill Hospitality Ulster, Emear Flannaghan Tour Guides NI