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Northern Ireland named world's Best Food Destination at prestigious tourism awards

Northern Ireland has been named 'Best Food Destination' at the prestigious International Travel and Tourism Awards in London.

The award was presented to Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive of Food NI, Northern Ireland’s food and drink promotion body.

Food NI's Year of Food and Drink 2016 was a transformative initiative delivered on a budget of £230K that repositioned how food and drink in Northern Ireland is perceived.

“I am thrilled to receive this strategically important award which positions Northern Ireland internationally as the leading destination for premium quality and innovative food and drink," said Shirlow.

"This international award is a marvellous accolade for our industry and local producers in particular and should be a major benefit for our rapidly developing tourism industry as it seeks to attract even more visitors from across the world and in particular, golf enthusiasts for The Open in Portrush in 2019.”

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