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Tourism NI and Incoming Tour Operators Association Visit Local Businesses

Tourism NI recently hosted a group of Irish Tour Operators Association (ITOA) members on a learning journey to Northern Ireland to see at first hand the safety measures local businesses have put in place.

These measures include the We’re Good to Go charter mark scheme for accredited businesses operating in the tourism sector.

Highlights of the trip include Killeavy Castle, Hillsborough Castle, Titanic Hotel, Titanic Belfast and the Europa Hotel. Pictured outside Hillsborough Castle are the ITOA tour operators with Eimear Callaghan from Tourism NI.

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Targeted Consultation on Taxi Fares Review Launched

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched a targeted consultation on a taxi fares review as part of her ongoing plans to assist the taxi industry as they rebuild following the Covid restrictions.

The Department has written to all stakeholders, including the Consumer Council, to seek their views on proposals to increase the maximum taxi fare tariff across Northern Ireland.

Minister Mallon said: “Throughout the pandemic I have engaged regularly with the taxi sector and acknowledged the pressures that they have been under. I provided £16.7million of support to existing drivers from the two financial support schemes and regulatory support that I put in place last year and I remain committed to working with the sector in continuing to monitor the impact of Covid restrictions on them.

“Last week I announced an Action Plan to provide further support to the taxi industry and a key part of that was the intention to consult on taxi fares, as this was a specific concern raised during our engagement with the taxi sector.

“The targeted consultation launching today is aimed at people involved in the taxi industry in Northern Ireland, including taxi operators and drivers.  It will also consider consumers who use taxi services through engagement with the Consumer Council.  My Department has written directly today to all those in the sector and the Consumer Council and I would encourage responses by 5.00pm on Friday 15 October.

“Once the responses have been analysed my officials will provide a report for my consideration.  Following consideration of the feedback, I would hope to be in a position to implement any proposed changes before the Christmas 2021 period, subject to the necessary legislative changes.”

The consultation documents are available on the DfI website at: Taxi Fare Increase Targeted Public Consultation

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Grab The Balmoral Show App To Open New Experiences

Download the Balmoral Show App ahead of the 2021 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The app is a handy pocket tool to help guide you on your visit around the Show featuring trade stands and key attractions. To stop you missing out on the action, it also features the Show timetable of events across the action packed four days.

Users will also be able to live stream all livestock and equine classes from the Cattle Rings, Sheep Shearing Fold, Horse Rings 1 & 2 as well as the Main Arena. 

Zara Hughes, RUAS encourages visitors to download the Balmoral Show App ahead of the 2021 Show.

The app is available for download from Monday 20th September on Apple Store and Google Play. Simply search for “Balmoral Show” and download!

The 152nd Balmoral Show takes place from Wednesday 22nd September to Saturday 25th September at Balmoral Park, Lisburn. Tickets are selling fast and must be purchased online in advance at www.balmoralshow.co.uk. Conditions of entry can be found online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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