THE Northern Ireland Tourist Board today unveiled the shortlist of nominations for the 2014 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, in association with Diageo NI.
The coveted awards, which recognise the outstanding performers in the tourism industry, will this year be presented across nine different categories.
The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held on Thursday 29 May at Belfast’s Ulster Hall, the highlight of the annual tourism calendar.
Commenting on the shortlist, NITB Chief Executive Alan Clarke said;
“This year marks the 36th running of the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards ceremony and on the night the event will recognise the hard work and achievements of the people in an industry that continued to transform and to deliver excellent experiences for our visitors in 2013.
“Last year Northern Ireland hosted three major events that again generated global attention, meanwhile our tourism industry continued to move confidently on from the achievements and the large-scale investment associated with the campaigns of recent years”.
“In this context the nominees can be justly proud to make this shortlist. NITB congratulates them all and we look forward to celebrating their success on 29 May.”
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and Tourism Ambassador awards will also feature at this year’s ceremony.
Gemma Bell, Corporate Relations Manager at Diageo NI, said; “Each year the standard of shortlisted entries for NITA continue to rise and the commitment and passion for tourism, service and quality was very evident once again during 2013.
“In Northern Ireland we have a reputation for being great hosts and for ensuring that visitors have a great experience, so it is important that the people, places and organisations that make such a valuable contribution to our tourism industry are recognised and rewarded.
“At Diageo we are committed to working with NITB and our other industry partners to drive visitor numbers and great visitor experiences throughout Northern Ireland to leave a lasting legacy for the growth and development of tourism.”
The shortlist has been drawn up by a panel of judges from entries that came in from all over Northern Ireland, and includes nominations that are contesting in more than one category.
For tickets and more information about the gala awards ceremony please visit www.nitourismawards.com.
Awards shortlist (in alphabetical order)
1. Anchorage Inn
2. Ballygally Holiday Apartments
3. Belle Isle Cookery School
4. Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre
5. Belmore Court
6. Broughgammon Farm
7. Castle Ward
8. City Hotel Derry
9. Crumlin Road Gaol
10. Culture Night Belfast
11. Enniskillen Hotel
12. Fermanagh Black Bacon
13. Fleadh Cheoil 2013
15. Irish Landmark Trust
16. Lough Erne
17. Malone Lodge
18. National Trust (Festival of Light)
19. Nerve Centre (Culture NI)
20. Open House Bangor
21. Rayanne House
22. Shola Coach House B&B
23. SS Nomadic
24. Teepee Valley Campsite
25. The Belfast Golden Ticket
26. The New Belfast Welcome Centre
27. Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens