NMNI receives special award by NI Tourism (Awards)

Posted: Tuesday, 04 June 2019

National Museums Northern Ireland was awarded for Outstanding contribution to tourism at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards at a ceremoony on 30 May 2019 in Armagh Palace Demesne.

The Northern Ireland Tourism annual awards ceremony celebrates the very best practice within the tourism industry. Tourism NI is keen to encourage businesses of all sizes and shapes to enter.

2019 Winners

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

 

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