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

By Pamela Ballantine

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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