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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.


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.

2018 Winners

Winners, Highly Commended, Commended and Finalists 2018

Authentic NI Experience of the Year [Sponsored by Diageo NI] 
Winner: The Museum of Free Derry
Highly commended: Seamus Heaney Homeplace
Commended: ‘Artisans at Work’, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust
Commended: Belfast Traditional Music Trail, An Droichead

Best International Experience [Sponsored by Tourism Ireland]
Winner: Titanic Belfast
Highly commended: Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre

NI's Best Stay - Guesthouse / B&B 
Winner: Water's Edge, Glenarm
Highly commended: Blackrock House B&B
Commended: Ardtara Country House

NI's Best Stay – Hotel [Sponsored by First Trust Bank] 
Winner: Bushmills Inn
Highly commended: Merchant Hotel
Commended: Bullitt Hotel
Commended: Galgorm Resort and Spa

NI's Best Stay - Self Catering [Sponsored by Hoseasons] 
Winner: Spice Cottages
Highly commended: Blessingbourne Country Estate
Commended: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges
Commended: Ballygally Holiday Apartments

Most Impactful Digital Innovation Award 
Winner: Night Ride to Armagh: A Digital Transformation, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
Highly commended: Motorhome Craic, Motorhome Parking Ireland
Commended: The MAC, Belfast

NI Food & Drink Experience of the Year [Sponsored by DWF] 
Winner: Slow Food Festival, Derry City and Strabane District Council
Highly commended: Walled City Brewery
Commended: The Parson's Nose, Balloo Inns Limited

Best NI Event or Festival Experience (International) [Sponsored by Tourism Ireland] 
Winner: Derry Halloween, Derry City and Strabane District Council
Highly commended: Northern Ireland Open, Galgorm Castle
Commended: Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club

Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience 
Winner: Armagh Georgian Festival 2017, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
Highly commended: The Belfast Tattoo, XO Events
Commended: Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive, Outdoor Recreation NI

NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year [Sponsored by Ulster University Business School] 
Winner: Chris Wilson - Streamvale Open Farm
Highly commended: Melita Williams - Bespoke Northern Ireland
Commended: Sean McLaughlin - Fullerton Arms Guest House

NI Tourism Heritage Property of the Year 
Winner: Crumlin Road Gaol
Highly commended: Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Commended: Blessingbourne Manor and Country Estate

Tourism Hero 
Winner: Caitriona Lavery, Hastings Hotels

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism 
Winner: Bill Wolsey, Beannchor Group