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City invited to have its say on council's tourism plan

The document sets out a blueprint for the future of tourism in the city

A 10 year tourism plan for Belfast that aims to puts its people and stories at its heart is now out for consultation.

Belfast City Council has launched the 12 week consultation on its draft plan which is inviting people, locally and globally, to "make yourself at home".

The document sets out a blueprint for the future, highlighting the importance of tourism and global connectivity to economic and social wellbeing.

It also recognises the significant contribution and success to date of the traditional tourism sector and the role of businesses and communities.

"This plan has evolved from our cultural strategy which sets out the need to develop a sustainable and authentic tourism offering. While we look to other cites for inspiration, we want to celebrate our city for all that it is – our quirks, our complex history, our increasingly rich diversity, not to mention our people and our stories," said Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl.

"This is what people connect with and we firmly believe that the success of our visitor economy will be defined by these stories. People are our most valuable asset - they make our city, and Belfast is known across the world for its warm welcome; now we're opening our doors and inviting to people to come and make themselves at home."

People can have their say via the council's online engagement platform yoursay.belfastcity.gov.uk. The consultation closes on February 4.

A series of face-to-face workshops and focus groups with the tourism sector are also planned in the coming weeks.

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