Glenarm recognised as World Host Village

T  Minister Jonathan Bell Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment, presents Councillor Billy Ashe ,Lord Mayor Mid and East Antrim Borough council, with the World Host Village status plaque for Glenarm,outside Watersedge B&B in Glenarm. Included are (LR) Glenarm Building  Trustees of Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust Penny McBride,Aine Kearney,Tourism NI Director of Business Development  and events,Peter and Jenny  Monroe, Watersedge B&B, and Maureen McAuley, Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust. (Contributed pic)
T Minister Jonathan Bell Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment, presents Councillor Billy Ashe ,Lord Mayor Mid and East Antrim Borough council, with the World Host Village status plaque for Glenarm,outside Watersedge B&B in Glenarm. Included are (LR) Glenarm Building Trustees of Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust Penny McBride,Aine Kearney,Tourism NI Director of Business Development and events,Peter and Jenny Monroe, Watersedge B&B, and Maureen McAuley, Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust. (Contributed pic)

Glenarm has become Northern Ireland’s third World Host Village.

This is awarded to villages where 25% of tourism related businesses have had 50% of their staff avail of World Host training.

Trustees of Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust were pleased to welcome Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell on Tuesday, as he recognised the achievement.

The charter mark in hospitality training and customer servicing has been developed by Tourism NI and People First, to raise professional standards and ensure visitors to Northern Ireland have a warm welcome and memorable experience.

Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust and all Trainees offered thanks to Ulster Bank for their generous grant under the Community Impact Fund.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: “This ensured that Training appropriate to the needs of different groups and interests could be delivered at a pace which suited everyone.

“The impact on community has been very positive as all trainees completed the courses, gained confidence and developed a team spirit which will ensure that visitors are well looked after in Glenarm.

“Recognition of Glenarm as a World Host Village should prove a big attraction in visitors choosing to come to Glenarm and the greater Mid & East Antrim Council areas.”