Tourism NI is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to visitors within Northern Ireland and from the Republic of Ireland.
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.
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.
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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