Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 2:45 pm, 12th March 2013

It is worth stressing why WorldHost is so important.  The Executive are doing a lot to invest in quality tourism visitor attractions.  We already have our wonderful natural assets, and a number of events are coming to Northern Ireland.  Between them, they will attract people to Northern Ireland.  When they come, it is important that they have a good experience so that they are encouraged to return or to recommend to family and friends that Northern Ireland is a good place to visit.  That way, we can benefit in the longer term from the investment that has been made.

I am pleased that Belfast and Derry are actively exploring becoming WorldHost destinations.  The requirement is that a minimum of 25% of businesses need to have half of their front line staff trained in WorldHost.  They can then display the WorldHost logo on their premises.  As such, that creates a sense of momentum, because those cities are branded as being quality visitor destinations.  As we invest in the tourism sector in Northern Ireland, it is vital that we make sure that we fully capitalise on opportunities.