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Pam's People: Shipshape tourist chiefs take trip to be honoured

By Pamela Ballantine

Published 15/06/2015

Shauna Broderick, Nan Short and Julie Ann Vaughan at the launch of the 2015 Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards on board the SS Nomadic in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter
Shauna Broderick, Nan Short and Julie Ann Vaughan at the launch of the 2015 Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards on board the SS Nomadic in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter
Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurance, (left), the new Headline Sponsor of the Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards, with Paula Breen of organisers NI Travel News, Sandra Corkin, Oasis Travel, and Mukesh Sharma, World Travel Centre
Ashleigh Spires and Jamie Poole (Supervalu Dromore & Moira) and Charles Robb, Robb Brothers Wine Merchants
Brent Marris at the launch of the Craft Series of wines at The Ivory with the team from Brown’s Restaurant, Chris Thompson, Stephanie Bradley, Damien McLaughlin and Glenn McGarry from Robb Brothers Wine Merchants
John and Annett Donnolly (Cafe Merlot, Enniskillen) Tony and Geraldine McGurran (The Vineyard, Belfast) and Norma Rompante, Robb Brothers Wine Merchants, Portadown
From left, Gary Fulton, Audi, Arelene McCullough, Glenarm Estates, and Michael Callaghan, P&O Ferries
From far left, Aoife Young, Lucie Thomas and Lynn Savage, Food NI

You cannot travel too far throughout Northern Ireland without hearing languages and accents from all over the world - and with the increased number of tourists comes extra work for our travel and tourism industry.

Every year their endeavours are recognised at the Annual Travel and Tourism Awards which were launched on the SS Nomadic.

This year's ceremony has a new sponsor, Blue Insurance, and is taking place in the Slieve Donard Hotel in October.

Our love of wine is increasingly being acknowledged on a worldwide scale, so much so that top vineyards are coming here to launch their new vintages. The latest is multi-award winning New Zealand winery Marisco. Vineyard owner Brent Marris introduced a new Craft Series in The Ivory Bar and Restaurant at an event organised by Robb Brothers Wine Merchants.

I predict that tartan will be the design to be seen in at the 5th annual P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV from July 18-25.

It was revealed at the fabulous venue at Glenarm Castle that not only will Pipe Band Championships and Highland Games be on the agenda but also music courtesy of the Bay City Rollers' Les McKeown. Shangalang!

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