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Northern Ireland Tourism Awards

Northern Ireland Tourism Awards

Northern Ireland Tourism Awards

Our annual awards ceremony is about celebrating the very best practice within our industry. Tourism NI is keen to encourage businesses of all sizes and shapes to enter.


The deadline for submitting entries was Monday 6th February 2017. For full details on categories please visit

Attempting to win recognition for your tourism product or service typically involves a review of performance and the identification of your business’ core strengths. While this is never a wasted exercise, it also carries the potential for gaining an independent and prestigious accolade for your tourism offering, professionalism and hard work.

2017 Winners

Winners, Highly Commended, Commended and Finalists 2016

Outstanding Visitor Experience, sponsored by Tourism Ireland
Winner: The MAC, Belfast – David Hockney: I draw, I do 2016 Exhibition
Highly Commended: Todd's Leap Activity Centre
Commended: National Trust Fermanagh, Florence Court

Customer Service Excellence, sponsored by First Trust Bank
Winner: The Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant
Highly Commended: Galgorm Resort & Spa
Commended: Visit Derry

Hotel of the Year, sponsored by First Trust Bank
Winner: The Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant
Highly Commended: Bishop’s Gate Hotel
Commended: Lough Erne Resort

Non-Serviced Accommodation
Winner: Blessingbourne Estate
Highly Commended: Florida Manor
Commended: Fermanagh Self Catering

Serviced Accommodation
Winner: Blackrock House B&B
Highly Commended: Blackwell House
Commended: Adelphi Portrush

Unique Tourist Accommodation, sponsored by Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
Winner: Finn Lough Forest Domes
Highly Commended: Belle Isle Limited, Belle Isle Castle and Private Island
Commended: East Coast Adventure Ltd, East Coast Glamping

Best Marketing Initiative
Winner: Lough Neagh Partnership, Eel-Eat
Highly Commended: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Celebrate our Story of Christmas
Commended: Waters Edge Leisure, Pickie Fun Park

Sustainable Tourism Award
Winner: Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council)
Highly Commended: Fish City, Belfast

Tourism Innovation Award, sponsored by DIAGEO Northern Ireland
Winner: Atlantic Sessions, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council/Snow Water Partnership
Highly Commended: ‘Artisans at Work’ Craft Reach Economusée, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust
Commended: Museum of Free Derry, RoE2

Most Promising New Tourism Business, sponsored by Ulster Business School
Winner: Bishop's Gate Hotel
Highly Commended: Fullerton Arms
Commended: Erne Water Taxi

Best Food Tourism Experience, sponsored by Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
Winner: Browns Restaurant
Highly Commended: The Clark Restaurant at Ardtara Country House Hotel
Commended: James Street South
Commended: NATIVE by Yellow Door

Best Event or Festival Experience (by public vote), sponsored by Tourism Ireland
Winner: Ulster Rugby vs Clermont Auvergne, Ulster Rugby
Highly Commended: Balmoral Show 2016, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society
Commended: Sunflowerfest 2016, Sunflowerfest Unlimited CIC

Local Tourism Hero
Awardee: David Wilson, Royal County Down Golf Club

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism, sponsored by Diageo Northern Ireland
Awardee: Titanic Belfast

For more information about the awards and photos from the event please visit