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2013 Tourism Award winners announced

31 May 2013

Over thirty businesses, initiatives and events were awarded for their contribution to local tourism at last night's NI Tourism Awards.

Organised by NITB in partnership with Diageo Northern Ireland, the Tourism Awards cover a total of 10 categories and three special awards.

 Titanic Belfast which has welcomed over 800,000 visitors from over 128 countries since its opening last year and exceeded visitor number expectations received Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.

The full list of winners was as follows.

Best Event/Festival sponsored by Big Occasions
Winner – The Irish Open – The European Tour
Highly commended –Circuit of Ireland Rally
Commended – International North West 200
Commended – Hillsborough International Oyster Festival

Best Visitor Experience sponsored by Tourism Ireland
Winner – Belfast Zoological Gardens
Highly commended – Titanic Belfast
Commended – Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre

Hotel Accommodation - Invest NI
Winner – Galgorm Resort and Spa
Highly commended – The Merchant Hotel
Commended – Walsh’s Hotel

Marketing and Sales Excellence sponsored by Tourism Ireland
Winner – The MAC
Highly commended – Titanic Belfast
Commended – City of Derry Airport

Taste of Northern Ireland
Winner – The Brewer's House
Highly commended – Balloo House
Commended – Dundrum Inn

Serviced Accommodation
Winner – Rayanne House
Highly commended – Belmore Court & Motel
Commended – Dromard House

Non Serviced Accommodation
Winner – Tara Lodge
Highly commended – Chestnutt Holiday Parks
Commended – Fermanagh Self Catering

Tourism Partner Initiative
Winner – SlieveGullion Forest Adventure Project
Highly commended – Cruise Belfast

Best ni2012 Initiative sponsored by NITB
Winner –The Irish Open Legacy – Coleraine Borough Council
Highly commended – The Merchant Hotel
Commended – The Kitchen Bar

Customer Service Excellence sponsored by DEL & People 1st
Winner – Clandeboye Lodge
Highly commended – Fool's Haven Thatched Cottage
Commended – NW Academy
Commended – Holiday Inn Express Antrim

Tourism Hero
Martin McCrossan, City Tours, Derry~Londonderry

Lifetime Achievement Award
Stena Line

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism sponsored by Diageo NI
Titanic Belfast

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