Danny Coyles of the Anchor Bar Complex in Portstewart, has been named as the new chair of trade body, Hospitality Ulster at its AGM today (November 5) in Belfast. Tony O’Neill, proprietor of the well-known Belfast restaurants Coppi and Buba takes up the role of the new vice-chair.
Speaking after taking up his new role, Danny Coyles said that it was an honour to be chair of such a widely respected body ‘which represents the very best of the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland’.
‘This is an exciting but also challenging time for our industry, as we look to play our part in spreading the economic benefits of tourism across the province,’ he went on. ‘Put simply, we have huge economic potential, but we need to see less consultation and more action by government if we are to sustain and grow our industry and the Northern Ireland economy.”
Danny also paid tribute to outgoing chair, Mark Stewart, who, he said, had worked tirelessly for members throughout his tenure.
New vice-chair, Tony O’Neill, said that he was looking forward to building on the work already done to support NI’s great pubs and restaurants:
‘As many in the industry will already know, I have a particular interest in the training and development of staff and I hope that through this role, I can contribute to making our industry a career of choice,; he added.
Chief executive, Colin Neill, welcomed both men to their new roles:
‘Both are highly respected leaders in the sector and have an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by the industry and a clear ambition to find solutions to the barriers to growth,’ he added.