No new tourism chief for Derry

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Derry’s tourism promotion body has failed to appoint a new chief executive, leaving the City of Culture without a permanent tourism boss.

Derry City Council last night said it was reviewing all “viable options” after failing to find a new CEO for the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau (DVCB) - the body tasked with encouraging tourists to Derry.

The top DVCB position - an interim chief exec is currently in place - was first advertised late last year.

The council, who oversee the work of DVCB, said they were looking for a “Chief Executive officer to lead its team in delivering the promotion of Derry as a world-class business and leisure tourism destination.”

The position comes with a top end salary in excess of £50,000 per annum.

But after failing to recruit a candidate, Derry City Council are now returning to the drawing board and have not ruled out starting the process from scratch.

“The recruitment process has been complete and no appointment has been made. DVCB are currently reviewing its various options going forward,” a Derry City Council spokeswoman said.

“It is still early in the review process, all viable options for the next stage of the process, one of which may be to recommence the recruitment process, are to be presented to the board next month.”

Meanwhile the local authority has confirmed a tourist information point will be located in the Guildhall when the newly refurbished building opens in early June.

“A Tourist Information Point (TIP) will be located in what was originally the Mayor’s Parlour, and plans are in place for a new dedicated exhibition area, interpretation panels throughout the building, including key orientation points to the City Walls, a new cafe and the opportunity to increase events and business tourism opportunities in the refurbished Main Hall,” the spokeswoman told the ‘Journal’ yesterday.

“All of this to create an engaging and interactive visitor experience and a venue for hosting events, conferences and functions in the iconic building during the City of Culture year and beyond.”

The spokeswoman said the Guildhall “will also be the anchor for the Plantation story, as the city gears up for the 400th anniversary of our historic walls and its legacy.”