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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.

2019 Winners

Winners, Highly Commended, Commended and Finalists 2019

Authentic NI Experience of the Year – Site Based – Sponsored by Diageo NI

Winner: Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council for Antrim Castle Gardens 
Highly commended: RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre  
Commended: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for Armagh Georgian Festival       

Authentic NI Experience of the Year – Tour, Trail or Immersive – Sponsored by Diageo NI

Winner: Armagh Cider Company for Tours of Armagh Cider
Highly commended: Causeway Coast Foodie Tours for Catch and Sea Tour  
Highly commended: DC Tours, Belfast      

Best Digital Marketing Campaign – Sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Winner: W5 – Dinosaur Encounter  
Highly commended: Nerve Centre in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council - Derry Halloween
Commended: Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, Seasonal Digital Marketing Campaign

Best International Experience of the Year – Sponsored by Tourism Ireland

Winner: Derry City and Strabane District Council for Derry International Hallowe'en Festival 2018 
Highly commended: National Trust NI – Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience
Commended: Odyssey International –Leaders of Excellence 

Best NI Event or Festival Experience – Sponsored by Tourism Ireland

Winner: The Balmoral Show, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society 
Highly commended: Féile an Phobail for Féile 30 – A Community Celebration of Global Culture   
Commended: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018

Best Use of Digital Technology to Improve the Visitor Experience

Winner: Belfast City Council and Titanic Foundation for Hello Maritime Mile
Highly commended: National Trust for Introduction of online timed ticketing system for Carrick-a-Rede   

Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience

Winner: Stendhal Festival   
Highly commended: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for Armagh Food & Cider Festival 
Highly commended: Open House Festival, Bangor    
Commended: Outdoor Recreation NI for Giants Causeway Coast Sportive 

NI Food & Drink Experience of the Year – Sponsored by Yellow Door

Winner: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for Armagh Food & Cider Festival
Highly commended: Hughes Craft Distillery/The StillHouse Moira for Distillery Gastropub and Gin School     
Commended: Country Lifestyle Exhibitions (CLE) Ltd for The Food Festival, Shane’s Castle

NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Ulster University

Winner: Gareth Murphy, We Are Vertigo   
Highly commended: Albert Titterington, Country Lifestyle Exhibitions (CLE) Ltd
Commended: Sean McLaughlin, Fullerton Arms 
Commended: The Wilson Family, Montalto Estate

NI’s Best Guesthouse / B&B Stay – Sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Winner: Peartree Hill B&B    
Highly commended: Baytree Boutique B&B        
Commended: Rooms at Rue 

NI’s Best Hotel Stay – Sponsored by Robb Brothers Wine Merchant

Winner: Bishop's Gate Hotel           
Highly commended: Bullitt Hotel   
Highly commended: Bushmills Inn 

NI’s Best Self Catering Stay

Winner: Ballygally Holiday Apartments 
Highly commended: Larchfield Estate  
Commended: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges    

Special Awards

Outstanding contribution to tourism – Sponsored by Diageo NI

Winner: National Museums Northern Ireland

NI Tourism Hero

Winner: Mark Rodgers, Dalriada Kingdom Tours