Hastings chief to chair Visit Belfast

Howard Hastings
Howard Hastings

Howard Hastings OBE, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels, has been appointed the new Chair of Visit Belfast.

Mr Hastings replaces David Gavaghan, who is to step down but will continue to serve as a board member.

“This is a very exciting time for Belfast, where a huge amount of investment is resulting in a growing tourism industry,” said Mr Hastings.

“The extension of the Belfast Waterfront, a new cruise facility and new hotel developments are raising the city’s profile as an attractive destination.

“I am very pleased to take on the role of chairman of Visit Belfast and look forward to the opportunity to play my part in growing tourism further for the city.”

Thanking Mr Gavaghan for his commitment to the body, Visit Belfast CEO Gerry Lennon praised his dedication and welcomed Mr Hastings’ appointment.

“As managing director of Northern Ireland’s largest locally-owned hotel group, Howard is a very well-known and respected member of the tourism industry.

“He serves on the Boards of Tourism Ireland and Food NI, and recently stood down as Chair of Tourism Northern Ireland after a most successful tenure.”