NIIRTA Calls For More Support to City Night Time Economy
IN a strongly worded statement from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA), their Chief Executive urged the Citizens of Belfast to show their Civic Duty and support Belfast City Centre’s Retail and Hospitality Sectors last weekend.
As the retail sector in the Belfast City Centre counts the cost of the flag protest, fears for the future of the inner city economy abound. The pub trade has already seen a dramatic decline in trade due to the recess=ion and cheaper alcohol being available in supermarkets, and the flag protest could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for many pubs in the City.
Glyn Roberts NIIRTA Chief Executive said: “We called upon all the citizens of Belfast not to be put off by the protestors and to make it their Civic Duty and support City Centre Traders. We are 100% behind our colleagues in Pubs Of Ulster and the ‘Take Back Our City’ Campaign to encourage citizens to support our struggling world-class bars, restaurants and hotels.
“Vibrant pubs, restaurants and hotels are an essential element in any successful town and city centre. The night time economy is suffering the most in this current crisis
“We would urge our Ministers and Political Leaders to show their support by shopping, using a restaurant or even buying a pint in the City Centre.
“Lets Take Back Our City.”