Addressing the challenges for the Hospitality Sector in Northern Ireland

Addressing the challenges for the Hospitality Sector in Northern Ireland

22 May 2017

Willowbank Business Park will be the venue for the latest in a recent series of FREE  vital business seminars, organised through Larne Development Forum and LEDCOM and sponsored by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. The topic will be “addressing the challenges for businesses in the hospitality sector” and the speaker will be Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster

Colin Neill joined Hospitality Ulster (the industry body of Northern Ireland’s hospitality and tourism industry) as Chief Executive in August 2008, representing an industry that sustains 60,000 jobs and contributing c£1BM annually to the NI economy. Colin holds an MBA from the Ulster University, is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust.

Colin is also a board member and audit committee chair of Tourism Northern Ireland (Formerly NITB).

At the seminar Colin will highlight the challenges facing the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland including increased competition, skills shortages, customer expectations, the rise of digital marketing, the burden of legislation compliance and Tax and VAT related issues. In particular Colin will share how businesses can meet the challenges positively and effectively by focusing on customer service.

Speaking   before the seminar Alderman Maureen Morrow, Chair of Larne Development Forum, said

“Businesses in the hospitality sector is face many challenges to remain profitable in an ever more competitive environment. We are privileged to be able to gain insights and expertise from a sectoral expert like Colin Neill. We trust that there will be an excellent turnout from local businesses. Opportunity will also be given for questions, answers and discussion after the seminar “

Breakfast is available from 8.00am and the seminar will commence at 8.30am

In order to book your place at this free seminar please contact Geraldine Smyth at 028 28 270742. E mail