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Start a tourist accommodation business

Quality assessment and star ratings for new accommodation businesses

Tourism NI run a Quality Star Rating Scheme for accommodation businesses in Northern Ireland. The scheme is also operated by other UK National Tourist Boards and the AA. This scheme is open to hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, guest accommodation, hostels and self-catering accommodation.

The scheme focuses on enhancing the visitor experience across all visitor touch points.  In addition to providing a star rating which helps visitor decision making, the scheme also provides businesses with advice and support

Having a quality rating will give your premises credibility and visibility which is vital in today's competitive market.

Your business may receive up to five stars, based on a range of criteria, including cleanliness, presentation and service. Your business is rated by an assessor who will visit without making themselves known.

Please note that this scheme is voluntary, it is not a legal requirement and you are under no obligation to apply for quality star rating.

See tourist accommodation quality grading scheme.