NITA Statement following resignation of First Minister, Paul Givan

Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance

NI Tourism Alliance Chair Brenda Morgan MBE and CEO Joanne Stuart said

‘The political instability caused by the resignation of the First Minister, Paul Givan, undermines confidence in Northern Ireland as a destination to visit and invest in. As we emerge from the pandemic, our tourism businesses need to attract international visitors through positive marketing and a clear message that Northern Ireland is a great place to visit.

This political move has also created a situation where the ability for the NI Executive to make important decisions on the removal of restrictions and the three year budget are at risk.

Tourism businesses are facing uncertainty about the future and how they will start to rebuild after losing 12 months trading out of the last 24 months. With increasing costs in energy, food and interest rates, now is the time when we need political stability. We need the NI Executive working together with shared purpose and responsibility to find solutions and providing strong leadership to instil confidence in the global market that Northern Ireland is open for business.’