NITA Welcomes the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ Deal

Posted 10 Jan, 2020

Media Release

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:

  • a move to multi-year budgets,
  • a commitment to match funding for the City deals
  • the commitment to address the liquor licensing legislation
  • improved connectivity with the Republic of Ireland
  • much needed infrastructure investment
  • an energy and climate strategy
  • support to attract world class events to Northern Ireland”

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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