The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) has welcomed the reopening of executive hotels from 20 July 2020.
The news comes as the Northern Ireland Executive confirmed the move as part of the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Earlier this week economy minister, Diane Dodds, announced that “Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge for our tourism industry, as it has for tourism markets around the world.”
She said: “I believe the time is right to provide the tourist accommodation sector with clarity about opening dates. I want to build upon the positive progress in managing the spread of the virus and begin to re-open our tourism industry in a safe and managed way.”
Commenting on the announcement, NIHF CEO Janice Gault said it is a “step forward” for the industry and the federation has been working closely with industry colleagues to ensure that businesses can “open in a safe and secure manner”.
She said: “There is more work to be done around the details of opening. We will continue to work in a collaborative manner so that the visitor economy, including the hotel sector, can return to business and help restore the Northern Ireland economy.
“The safety of our staff and guests will be paramount in this process. Having an agreed date will help us to plan, promote and give businesses the opportunity to assess their viability.”