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Minister applauds Northern Ireland's tourism award winners

Northern Ireland's top attractions have been commended at this year's Tourism NI awards.

Titanic Belfast scooped the award for 'outstanding visitor experience', along with fellow Belfast businesses The Mac - which was commended for Cabaret - and James Street South, which was highly commended in the 'best food tourism experience' category.

And the Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant won the award for 'hotel of the year', while the 'best food tourism experience' went to The Poacher's Pocket in Comber, Co Down.

The Giro d'Italia scooped the 'outstanding contribution to tourism' award during the event which was held at the Whitla Hall at Queen's University.

Speaking on his first official tourism engagement as Enterprise Minister, Jonathan Bell said: "Northern Ireland is fortunate to have such a range of ambitious, hard-working and innovative tourism providers, enterprises and stakeholders, as demonstrated by the outstanding calibre and range of award winners."

Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan said: "Tourism continues to offer one of the best opportunities we have to strengthen the local economy, and these awards are about celebrating the best practice, the innovation and the creativity that will help move the industry on."

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