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27 May 2016

Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan has congratulated last night’s winners of the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards at a gala ceremony held in St Columb’s Hall, Derry~Londonderry.

The 2016 NITA awards spanned 14 different categories and included two special awards.

County Londonderry outdoor adventure centre The Jungle NI won the Outstanding Visitor Experience of the Year, while the Circuit of Ireland Rally lifted the Best Event or Festival Experience title, decided by public vote.

Galgorm Resort & Spa scooped the Hotel of the Year award. In other accommodation categories, the winners were Blackwell House, which lifted the Serviced Accommodation award; Number 1 Barn Lane, the Non-Serviced Accommodation award; and the National Trust's Crom Glamping Pods, which lifted the Unique Tourist Accommodation accolade.

In Northern Ireland's Year of Food and Drink the Best Food Tourism Experience award went to contemporary Bushmills restaurant, Tartine at Distillers Arms.

The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award was made to Dr Howard Hastings OBE, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels, who held a widely praised six-year tenure as the chair of the former Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Mary Blake, a highly respected Tourism Development Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council lifted the Local Tourism Hero award.

27 May 2016

Belfast’s first ever Twilight Market has picked up the Tourism Innovation Award at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2016.

The pilot event, in November 2015, saw St George’s Market transformed into a bustling bazaar showcasing the best of the city’s food and drink scene.

The market beat off stiff competition from Rockin’ Boat Trips (Causeway Sea Fishing Company) and We Are Vertigo to scoop the prize at last night’s awards ceremony in Derry/Londonderry, organised by Tourism Northern Ireland.

The award win comes in the same week that St George’s hosted its second Twilight Market. The event was extended over two nights and welcomed over 18,000 people through its doors for chef demonstrations, live music, family activities and delicious culinary treats from local producers.

27 May 2016
A dedicated programme on Northern Ireland, ‘Never Been North’ has been produced by Saol Media in ROI in association with Tourism NI’s ROI Team in Dublin.

The programme, which looks at why many of our nearest neighbours have never ventured north of the border, will show this evening, Friday May 27th at 8.30pm on TV3 with a second airing on Sunday 29th May at 1pm. ROI station 3E have also confirmed an air date for 8pm on June 6th. 3E has one of the highest audiences for the young and lively target market. The show will also be aired on Setanta in June.

With the success of Game of Thrones, thousands of fans are travelling to Northern Ireland from as far away as Japan and the US. The programme looks at why many of those in the south have failed to make the journey.

Hosted by journalist Ed Finn the TV3 special takes viewers on a spectacular journey from the historic and lively walled city of Derry to hiking the majestic mountains of Mourne in Co. Down. Ed visits Royal Portrush Golf club, meets the master distiller at Bushmills Distillery, and climbs the 60 million year old Giant’s Causeway. 

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26 May 2016

Northern Ireland’s new Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has said generating quality jobs and economic growth is a top priority for the new Department.

Outlining his priorities for the new Department for the Economy, the Minister said: “I am delighted to have been chosen to lead the Department for the Economy.  I will take every opportunity I can to create more and better jobs and raise people’s incomes.

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