The Stars of Northern Ireland’s Hospitality and Tourism Industry were honored by the Institute of Hospitality (NI) at their annual awards ceremony which took place in the Culloden hotel.
Exclusive to Northern Ireland, the Janus Awards were established in 1995 and are the industry awards which reward individuals and companies exemplifying excellence and who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry at home and enhanced its reputation abroad.
Award winners are judged by an independent judging panel from senior executives throughout the business sector.
Stephen Meldrum MIH, chairman of the Institute of Hospitality Northern Ireland Branch, said: “The Janus Awards are now held in such high esteem that we had over 150 nominations this year. Each nominee can be justly proud to have been chosen and worthy of recognition as an outstanding colleague and employee. All our finalists can be proud of their achievement and who have risen to the top of their category.”
Speaking to the 415 guests Stephen applauded all of them, and everyone in the industry striving in the face of great adversity to maintain standards, sustain growth and advance the reputation of Northern Ireland’s hospitality and tourism industries. “Together we have set Northern Ireland on the global map as a tourist destination and a significant event venue of choice,” he said. “ We consistently move with the times and were delighted to add “Newcomer of the year”, “Coffee Shop Manager of the Year” and “Concierge of the Year” reflecting the ever growing nature of our industry. These awards would not have been possible without the continuous support of our generous sponsors”
Mr Brian Ambrose OBE, CEO of George Best City Airport and Chairman of Tourism Ireland won the Special Award of the Year for “Outstanding contribution to the Industry “. He said "It was a fantastic experience to be part of the Janus Awards and to see so many individuals receive the recognition they deserve for their hard work and professionalism. To be recognised in such company and receive the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry was indeed a great honour and a tribute to the wonderful teams I have the privilege of working with at the Airport and Tourism Ireland"