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Tourism NI And SITE Ireland Team Up To Deliver Educational Initiative To Support NI's Tourism Industry

Published on Sep 27 2021 9:48 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Tourism NI / The Society of Incentive Travel Excellence Ireland / SITE Ireland

Tourism NI And SITE Ireland Team Up To Deliver Educational Initiative To Support NI's Tourism Industry

Tourism NI and The Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Ireland have teamed up to deliver an educational initiative to support Northern Ireland's tourism industry.

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In a statement published on its website, Tourism NI said, "Tourism NI and The Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Ireland have joined forces to deliver an educational initiative to support the tourism industry here as it continues to recover and rebuild, and with the aim of securing business from high value tourism markets.

"The Certified Incentive Specialist qualification from SITE is the first stage of a programme of activity designed to further develop the incentive tourism industry in Northern Ireland, provide networking and destination awareness opportunities, as well as equip businesses with the knowledge to deliver motivational travel experiences for future clients.

"Participants included Glenshane Country Farm, Titanic Belfast, Larchfield Estate, Hilton Hotel Belfast, Linen Mill Studios, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, National Trust Giant's Causeway, Taste & Tour, Clayton Hotel Belfast, Visit Derry, Hastings Hotels, Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast and Killeavey Castle.

"The partnership agreement between Tourism NI and SITE Ireland first launched in 2020 and has been extended to 2022 due to demand."

Tourism NI Business Solutions Manager Statements

In a statement also published on Tourism NI's website, Tourism NI business solutions manager Eimear Callaghan said, "We are pleased to announce the continuation of our valued partnership with SITE Ireland. This is a very challenging time for the tourism industry and our relationship with SITE offers opportunities on a global platform to promote Northern Ireland as a world class Incentive Travel destination to international clients looking for new programmes from the island of Ireland. Incentive Travel is focused on amazing experiences and through Northern Ireland Embrace a Giant Spirit, we have a range of immersive experiences well suited to this market."

Callaghan added, "At Tourism NI, we continue to work with a range of key strategic stakeholders to position Northern Ireland as a destination of choice for MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibitions). This business is lucrative, with the average MICE delegate worth on average three times that of the leisure visitor.

"I congratulate the 15 industry representatives who successfully completed their CIS certification, and we look forward to delivering further opportunities for our industry together with SITE Ireland."

SITE Ireland Immediate Past President Statement

In another statement published on Tourism NI's website, SITE Ireland immediate past president Michael Dalton said, "SITE Ireland is extremely grateful for the commitment of Tourism Northern Ireland to the professional development of the industry in the Incentive Sector. The Incentive Travel Industry is very niche and can be hard to grasp. The Certified Incentive Specialist Course provides all the knowledge anyone working in this sector should possess.

"It is the most lucrative segment and highest spend of all Business Tourism. Great to now have 30 Certified Incentive Specialists in Northern Ireland. This is sure to provide clients with the confidence of a destination that delivers exceptional incentive experiences, understands the value of incentive travel and is 100% incentive ready."

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