Riada staff welcome 1.2 million visitors to Northern Ireland
We are lucky to have our HQ based on the beautiful Causeway Coast and although our business isn’t all about tourism and hospitality, it is an important part. Tourism is currently worth 5.2 per cent of Northern Ireland’s GDP, generating a revenue of £723 million, sustaining 43,000 jobs and attracting 4.1 million visitors. We recently carried out some research and the results revealed that Riada supplies staff that welcome and help over 30% of those visitors, that’s over 1.2million people every year. The NI tourism industry’s aim is to double tourism’s contribution to the economy by 2020 and this target for growth means generating £1 billion in total revenue, attracting an additional 10,000 new jobs and drawing in 4.5 million visitors to Northern Ireland.
In the past number of years the Northern Ireland tourism industry has benefited from significant major events such as the World Police & Fire Games in 2013, Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013, Giro d'Italia in 2014 and the Irish Open 2015. Future opportunities such as the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, as well as the growing demand in screen tourism following the worldwide success of programmes like Game of Thrones has significantly boosted the global reputation of Northern Ireland as a go to destination for tourists. Of course we also have the annual crowd pleasers including the NW200, the Belfast Marathon and Belsonic.
Increasing visitor numbers is good for every business, more people eating out, more people hiring cars, more people staying over. We have an increasing number of people interested in making customer service in the tourism and hospitality industry their career, both part time and full time, temporary and permanent.
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