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Northern Ireland to launch a post-Covid tourist drive in Republic

Hotel chief says thousands crossed border after first lifting of lockdown

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Presentation: Howard Hastings of Hastings Hotels

Presentation: Howard Hastings of Hastings Hotels

Presentation: Howard Hastings of Hastings Hotels

Thousands of residents in the Republic - who had never been north of the border as tourists - flocked to Northern Ireland when lockdown was lifted last year, a leading hotel chief has said.

Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels, said this has prompted tourism representatives and other stakeholders to "heavily market" NI in the Republic as soon as restrictions are once again lifted.

One hurdle for this strategy, however, could be the differing vaccination speeds in Northern Ireland compared to the Republic.


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