Issued: 10th January 2020
NITA Welcomes the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ Deal
The Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance (NITA), which is the voice for the tourism economy in Northern Ireland, welcomes the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal published by the UK and Irish governments.
Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance, Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, commented,
“We are delighted that the two main parties have accepted
the deal and that the local institutions are to be re-established. There is
much to be praised in the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal. Not only does it
provide a sustainable way forward with financial support of the UK and Irish
governments but it also has the momentum to transform Northern Ireland. ”
She continued, “For our industry, we believe it will forward much needed investment in tourism though a number of commitments including:
The industry body also welcomes the commitment to develop a Northern Ireland International Trade Plan but wants assurance that tourism, including business tourism, will be recognised and included given it is an export driven sector, with 70% of the industry’s revenue being generated by visitors outside Northern Ireland.
Dr Stuart concluded “There are other pressing issues for tourism, not included in the UK Government commitments, including the impact of the proposed UK Immigration reforms and domestic air passenger duty, both of which are reserved matters and impediments to the growth of Tourism.
NITA will continue to engage with our politicians to ensure these challenges are addressed and call on the UK government to give assurance to industry that these matters will be dealt with and address the unique requirements of Northern Ireland.”
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