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Coronavirus: We're giving away our silver ... Northern Ireland tourism sector 'will lose three key weeks to Republic', warns expert

  • NI tourism sector 'will lose three key weeks to Republic'
  • Stormont urged to revise July 20 date for businesses

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Former tourism lecturer Lyn Fawcett at home yesterday

Former tourism lecturer Lyn Fawcett at home yesterday

Freddie Parkinson

Former tourism lecturer Lyn Fawcett at home yesterday

A tourism expert whose family owned a string of venues on the north coast has warned the Northern Ireland industry risks "handing over its silver" by reopening hotels three weeks after the Republic.

Hotels and other accommodation here are due to open on July 20.

The date was chosen to coordinate with the Republic. However, last week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar fast-forwarded his country's lockdown exit plan by announcing that hotels, restaurants and bars serving food could open on June 29.