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July 20 is D-Day for Northern Ireland's tourism industry... but you might be surprised at which sectors will recover quickest?

Don Anderson



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The ferry from Belfast to Liverpool

The ferry from Belfast to Liverpool

Caravan sites

Caravan sites

Campsites

Campsites

A boat on Lough Erne

A boat on Lough Erne

The ferry from Belfast to Liverpool

There is an old yarn about the resident in Northern Ireland wanting to spend his annual summer holiday in Blackpool. He calls up a bed and breakfast and asks if there is availability for the Twelfth Week in July. The landlady said there was not, because there were only four weeks in July. Boom, boom. Updating to this summer, leave out the boom. It isn't boom for the hospitality business as we come out of lockdown.

There is an oddity about this approaching holiday season in that time for leisure has probably never been more available in living memory. Many are furloughed and many others are working from home.

And, of course, sadly, some have already lost jobs, or are facing the prospect of job loss, meaning that one way or another people are less time-limited than normal.