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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.

Tourism and hospitality businesses from across Northern Ireland are being urged to enter the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards to celebrate their achievements. The awards will take place on Thursday 18th May 2017 at Enniskillen Castle - you can book your ticket here.

The shortlist for this year's awards can be found here.

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.

2016 Winners

Winners, Highly Commended, Commended and Finalists 2016

Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by First Trust Bank
Winner: Galgorm Resort & Spa
Highly Commended: Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Commended: The Merchant Hotel

Non Serviced Accommodation
Winner: Number 1 Barn Lane
Highly Commended: Dunamoy Cottages & Spa
Commended: Ballylinny Holiday Cottages

Serviced Accommodation
Winner: Blackwell House
Highly Commended: Newforge House
Commended: Shola Coach House

Unique Tourist Accommodation
Winner: Crom Glamping Pods, National Trust NI
Highly Commended: East Coast Glamping

Outstanding Visitor Experience – Sponsored by Tourism Ireland
Winner: The Jungle NI
Highly Commended: Mount Stewart, National Trust NI
Commended: Crumlin Road Gaol

Best Event or Festival Experience
Winner: Circuit of Ireland Rally
Highly Commended: Van Morrison, Eastside Arts
Commended: Derry International Irish Music Festival, Culturlann Uí Chanáin
Finalist: Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, Derry City & Strabane District Council
Finalist: Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival, Country Lifestyle Events Ltd

Best Marketing Initiative
Winner: Monster Manor Event, W5
Highly Commended: Finn McCool Campaign, National Trust
Highly Commended: Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival, Derry City & Strabane District Council

Best Food Tourism Experience
Winner: Tartine at Distillers Arms
Highly Commended: The Old Schoolhouse
Commended: The Bar + Grill at James Street South

Customer Service Excellence – Sponsored by Tennent’s NI
Winner: Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant
Highly Commended: Rayanne House
Commended: Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre

Sustainable Tourism Award
Winner: Green Tourism Programme, Newry, Mourne & Down Council
Highly Commended: Mourne Lodge
Commended: Sustainable Development Fund, Loughs Agency

Tourism Innovation Award – Sponsored by Derry City and Strabane District Council
Winner: Twilight, Belfast City Council
Highly Commended: We are Vertigo, Belfast
Highly Commended: Rockin Boat Trips, Causeway Seafishing Company

Most Promising New Tourism Business – Sponsored by Ulster Business School
Winner: Walled City Brewery
Highly Commended: Belfast Food Tour
Commended: Blackrock House Bed and Breakfast

Local Tourism Hero
Winner: Mary Blake, Tourism Development Officer, Derry City & Strabane District Council

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism
Winner: Dr Howard Hastings OBE

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