Over forty people attended an RTPI NI event earlier this month (1 February) in Belfast designed to help compile the planning industry's response to draft policy on developing tourism in Northern Ireland (PPS16).
Held at Belfast's Tourism Board Headquarters with keynote speakers Michael Francey from the Department of Environment, Alan Clarke the Chief Executive of the NI Tourism Board, and Rajesh Rana of Andras House, the lively two hour event focused on an often overlooked aspect of Northern Ireland's economy, one which will be critical to economic recovery.
Diana Thompson, the Chair of RTPI NI welcomed the event: \"Tourism is a key but often overlooked feature of Northern Ireland's economy but it will be critical to economic recovery in these harsh times. But crucial to tourism is planning: it's imperative that we protect our tourism assets, that transport infrastructure is effective, and that we have sufficient range of accommodation. In short, proper planning means that people not only enjoy their visit and come back time and again, but that when they get home they spread the word about how good a break they had. The RTPI NI welcomes the opportunity to contribute to PPS16, and hopes that our comments will be taken on board.\"