Leading hospitality expert grabs a cuppa with Carnlough businesses

Colin Neill in Carnlough
Colin Neill of Hospitality Ulster with Kelli Baghus of Carrickfergus Enterprise and Jayne Clarke, Museum & Heritage Manager Mid and East Antrim Museum & Heritage Service.

Industry expert and Chief Executive Officer of Hospitality Ulster, Colin Neill, has been chatting to businesses in Carnlough about emerging trends and challenges facing Northern Ireland.

Tourism businesses headed to the Londonderry Arms Hotel for the ‘Coffee with Colin’ event, organised by Council and Carrickfergus Enterprise.

These series of events held in pubs, hotels and restaurants across Northern Ireland aim to give members of the hospitality industry an opportunity to air opinions and share issues.

The event gives anyone in the trade a chance to ask Hospitality Ulster for advice on issues they may be experiencing.

Colin Neill said: “Communication with the industry is central to what we do every day. Our membership informs everything from our political policy to the range of benefits we provide. I’m excited about the opportunity to meet face to face with business owners to listen to issues and opinions first hand.”

Local tourism businesses throughout the borough were also given detailed information on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s new cultural tourism initiative, ‘Shaped by Industry-Shared with Pride’.

It will deliver 40 bespoke interactive performances by Big Telly Theatre Company, based on our rich industrial history.

These innovative performances bring new audiences to hidden stories associated with four industrial heritage sites; the villages of Carnlough and Glenarm and the visitor attractions of Whitehead Railway Museum and Flame! Gasworks Museum, Carrickfergus.

The project aims to engage tourism businesses operating along the Causeway Coastal Route to boost their tourism offering. Performances will be delivered across the venues in May and June next year.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar welcomed the new initiative: “I am thrilled about the exciting possibilities ‘Shaped by Industry-Shared with Pride’ offers. It’s a real glimpse into our intriguing industrial past to showcase that to both our local and international tourists.

“Mid and East Antrim has some of the most beautiful scenery in Northern Ireland, and is rich in culture and heritage.

“Engagement with local tourism businesses through initiatives such as this are crucial to unlock the potential of our industrial heritage sites as visitor attractions along the Causeway Coastal Route within Mid and East Antrim.

“The project has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery Players, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tourism NI and the Department of Communities.”

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