Tourist bodies in Ireland begin merger talks

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board and the Irish Tourist Board are believed to be initiating the first steps towards merging the two bureaux. Talks are thought to be underway with more information set to be available later in the year. However, neither body is in a position to comment at this stage. Meanwhile, the Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau has appointed Gerry Lennon as its new chief executive. In his previous position Lennon was tourism development manager for the Belfast City Council. "Belfast has yet to realise its full potential as a major C&I destination," he maintained.

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