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Q. What government departments are involved in tourism?

A. As tourism is a diverse industry comprising of a number of sectors, there are a number of departments involved.

Department of the Econnomy - Tourism Liaison Branch is the Departmental Sponsor Branch for Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland

Department for Communities - Public Record Office of NI, Museums and Libraries, Historic Environment etc

Department for Infrastructure  - Planning, Active Travel, Waterways etc

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs - Angling, Biodiversity, Rural Development, Forestry, Marine etc

Department of Finance - Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)


Q. Is there an industry association that represents my tourism business?

A. In addition to Tourism NI and the Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance, there are a number of sectoral organisations also. These include accommodation, activity, tour guiding and hospitality.


Q. Are there organisations pertaining directly to craft development?

A. Yes, Craft NI and Craft Tourism


Q. What quality mark or grading scheme is available for my tourism business?

A. Tourism NI operate grading schemes for both accommodation and visitor experiences


Q. Where can I find information on creating outdoor experiences?

A. Tourism NI have created a guide on unique outdoor experiences


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