The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is delighted to reveal the shortlist for the 2013 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, in association with Diageo NI. These coveted awards recognise the outstanding performers in the tourism industry.
The shortlisted finalists in alphabetical order are:
Chesnetnutt Holiday Parks
Circuit of Ireland Rally
City of Derry Airport
Cruise Belfast - Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau
Fermanagh Self Catering
Galgorm Resort and Spa
Giants Causeway Visitor Centre
Hillsborough Oyster Festival
Holiday Inn Express Antrim
Portrush Regeneration-The Irish Open Legacy
Slieve Gullion Forest Adventure Project- Newry & Mourne District Council
The Brewer's House
The Irish Open -The European Tour
The Kitchen Bar
Vauxhall International North West 200
A panel of judges shortlisted the entries to 31, and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held on Thursday 30 May at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. There is an extra edge to the ceremony this year as it will reflect the successes and achievements of the
ni2012 Our Time, Our Place campaign, which is widely acknowledged as having moved tourism in Northern Ireland to a new level in terms of profile, economic impact and self-belief. Commenting on the shortlist, Laura McCorry, NITB Corporate Development Director said: “We are delighted with the calibre of entry for this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, which are the highlight of the tourism calendar. The awards recognise the hard work and achievements of the people in the industry, and encourage the delivery of quality and excellence for our visitors."This year marks the 35th running of the awards ceremony and in recognising the significance of the
landmark year for tourism the NITB has introduced a new category for Best ni2012 Initiative. "The NITB congratulates all those who have been shortlisted across all of the categories and we encourage everyone in the industry to join us in what will be a wonderful night of rewarding excellence and celebrating achievements.”
There are 11 award categories in total including an Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award, to be conferred at this year's ceremony. Gemma Bell, Corporate Relations, Diageo Northern Ireland said: “Through the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards Diageo is committed to supporting the industry to deliver excellent hospitality as well as innovative events. Both are integral to a thriving tourism industry and the success of the local economy.
"Each year the standard of shortlisted entries continue to rise. In the light of ni2012 this year is no exception. The commitment and passion demonstrated by those working in the industry is highly commendable and very evident in the shortlist again this year.”
Tickets for the event are available from www.nitourismawards.com or telephone 028 90 446292.