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The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. Pictured is Petra Wolsey of Beannchor Group, who picked up the award on behalf of her husband, Tourism NI Chief Executive, John McGrillen, Chairman of Tourism NI Terence Brannigan, Jorge Lopes, Country Director of Diageo NI and Caitriona Lavery of Hastings Hotels. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. Pictured is Petra Wolsey of Beannchor Group, who picked up the award on behalf of her husband, Tourism NI Chief Executive, John McGrillen, Chairman of Tourism NI Terence Brannigan, Jorge Lopes, Country Director of Diageo NI and Caitriona Lavery of Hastings Hotels. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Tourism The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Bill Wolsey of Beannchor Group received the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award. Petra Wolsey of Beannchor Group is pictured receiving the award on behalf of Bill, from category sponsor Terence Brannigan of Tourism NI alongside host Maxine Mawhinney. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 Tourism Hero The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Caitriona Lavery of Hastings Hotels received the Tourism Hero Award. Caitriona is pictured receiving the award from category sponsor John McGrillen of Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NI Food & Drink Experience of the Year The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Slow Food Festival, Derry City and Strabane District Council was awarded NI Food & Drink Experience of the Year. Orla Rafferty, Jennifer O'Donnell and Maolosa McHugh from Derry City and Strabane District Council is pictured receiving the award from category sponsor Julie Galbraith of DWF alongside Michele Shirlow, board member of Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Chris Wilson of Streamvale Open Farm was awarded NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year. Chris is pictured receiving the award from category sponsor Steve Pollard of Ulster University Business School alongside Michael McQuillan, board member of Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Chris Wilson of Streamvale Open Farm was awarded NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year. Chris is pictured receiving the award from category sponsor Steve Pollard of Ulster University Business School alongside Michael McQuillan, board member of Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Armagh Georgian Festival 2017, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council was awarded Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience. Pictured receiving the award is Gill Robb and Jill McEneaney from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council alongside Angelina Fusco, board member of category sponsor Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 Best NI Event or Festival Experience (International) The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Derry Halloween, Derry City and Strabane District Council was awarded Best NI Event or Festival Experience (International).Pictured receiving the award is Jacqueline Whorisky, Aideen McCarter, Maolosa McHugh, Liz Cunningham, Aisling McCallion from Derry City and Strabane District Council alongside Niall Gibbons of category sponsor Tourism Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NIÕs Best Self-Catering Stay The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Spice Cottages in Dungannon was awarded NIÕs Best Self-Catering Stay. Pictured receiving the award is Olive and Perry Reid from Spice Cottages alongside Mark Warnes of category sponsor Hoseasons. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NIÕs Best Guesthouse / B&B stay The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. WaterÕs Edge, Glenarm was awarded NIÕs Best Guesthouse / B&B Stay. Pictured receiving the award is Peter and Jenny Monroe from WaterÕs Edge, Glenarm, alongside Geoff Wilson, board member of category sponsor Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NIÕs Best Hotel Stay The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Bushmills Inn was awarded NIÕs Best Hotel Stay. Pictured receiving the award is Alan Walls, Nikki Pichin from Bushmills Inn alongside Stephen Comer of category sponsor First Trust Bank, Tourism NI board member Colin Neill. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 Most Impactful Digital Innovation Award The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Night Ride to Armagh: A Digital Transformation, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council was awarded Most Impactful Digital Innovation Award. Pictured receiving the award is Kevin Savage and Mark Baxter from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council alongside Colin Neill, board member of category sponsor Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NI Tourism Heritage Property of the Year The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Crumlin Road Gaol was awarded NI Tourism Heritage Property of the Year. Pictured receiving the award is Phelim Devlin from Crumlin Road Gaol alongside Terry McCartney, board member of category sponsor Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 NI Tourism Heritage Property of the Year The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Crumlin Road Gaol was awarded NI Tourism Heritage Property of the Year. Pictured receiving the award is Phelim Devlin from Crumlin Road Gaol alongside Terry McCartney, board member of category sponsor Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 Best International Experience The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Titanic Belfast was awarded Best International Experience. Pictured receiving the award isLaura Cowan and Eimear Lewis from Titanic Belfast alongside Niall Gibbons from category sponsor Tourism Ireland, Tourism NI board member Terry McCartney. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 Authentic NI Experience of the Year The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. The Museum of Free Derry was awarded Authentic NI Experience of the Year. Pictured receiving the award is Jean Hegarty and Julie Ann Campbell from the Museum of Free Derry alongside Paddy McKenna from category sponsor Diageo NI, Tourism NI Chief Executive, John McGrillen. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Triona Carville performs at the event. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Judith Owens and John McGrillen. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Helen Matthews and Graham Thompson. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Helen Matthews and Graham Thompson. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Mark and Julie Campbell. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Mark and Julie Campbell. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Olivia Duggan and Patrick Morrow. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Bill Wolsey of Beannchor Group received the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award. Petra Wolsey of Beannchor Group is pictured receiving the award on behalf of Bill, from category sponsor Terence Brannigan of Tourism NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Olivia Duggan and Patrick Morrow. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Allan Ewart, Amanda Grehan, Tim Morrow, Jim Dillon and Mark Baxter. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Gill Robb, Jill McEneaney, Majella Flanagan and Denise Phillips. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Joanne and Phelim Devlin. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Rachel Dalzell and Michelle Dougan. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Rachel Dalzell and Michelle Dougan. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Jackie and David Wright. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Alastair and Julie Onion. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Alastair and Julie Onion. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event isBertie McCullough, Deirdre McCullough, JohnMarks and Angela Marks. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Emma and Darren McGinty. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Emma and Darren McGinty. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Howard Hastings, Gerry Lennon and Paddy McKenna. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Naomi Waite, Gary McDonald, Michele Shirlow and John Hood. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Terry McCartney and Colin Neill. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Patricia Kingston and Terry McCartney. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Bill Wolsey of Beannchor Group received the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award while the Tourism Hero Award went to Caitriona Lavery from Hastings Hotels. Pictured at the event is Petra Wolsey of Beannchor Group, who picked up the award on behalf of her husband, Tourism NI Chief Executive, John McGrillen, Chairman of Tourism NI Terence Brannigan, Jorge Lopes, Country Director of Diageo NI and Caitriona Lavery of Hastings Hotels. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Bill Wolsey of Beannchor Group received the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award while the Tourism Hero Award went to Caitriona Lavery from Hastings Hotels. Pictured at the event is Tourism NI Chief Executive, John McGrillen, Petra Wolsey of Beannchor Group, who picked up the award on behalf of her husband, Chairman of Tourism NI Terence Brannigan, Caitriona Lavery of Hastings Hotels and Jorge Lopes, Country Director of Diageo NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place last night at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Bill Wolsey of Beannchor Group received the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award while the Tourism Hero Award went to Caitriona Lavery from Hastings Hotels. Pictured at the event is Tourism NI Chief Executive, John McGrillen, Petra Wolsey of Beannchor Group, who picked up the award on behalf of her husband, Chairman of Tourism NI Terence Brannigan, Caitriona Lavery of Hastings Hotels and Jorge Lopes, Country Director of Diageo NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Robert Graham ,Ross Gillanders and Ken Stewart Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Leona and Richard Kane Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Patrick Morrow, Olivia Duggan and Mark Stewart Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Jill Montgomery ,Graham Thomson and Helen Matthews Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Andrew Kennedy and Elaine Lappin Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Angela Jackson,Geraldine Fee and Orla Farren Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Catherine Thompson and Christopher Brook Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Julie and Mark Campbell Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Alan Ewart,Amanda Grehan,Tim Morrow and James Dillon Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Gill Robb,Jill MEneaney ,Majella Flanigan and Denise Phillips Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Pamela Ballentine,Gavin Carroll and Petra Wolsey Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Jim and Carol Burnside Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Sarah Jane and Ciara Sinclair Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Tim Moruzzi,Steve Pollard,Nikki and Michael McQuillan Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Tierna and Barry Mullan Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Jill McKee,Don Wilmont and Louise Kearney Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Wilma Erskine,Naomi Waite and Judith Owens Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Bill and Noleen Harper Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Peter and Lynsey Kane with Sean McLoughlin Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Diane Armstrong and Helen Mark Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Steve Balls and Mark Warnes Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Colin Neill and Chris McCracken Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Harry Matthews,Patricia Kingston and Terence Brannigan Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Clodagh Cox,Patricia McCauley and Teresa OLoughlin Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Doris Ferron ,Carmel OLoan ,Olive and Perry Reid Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Sarah Jane Sinclair,Geraldine and Sean McLaughlin and Ciara Sinclair Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Councillor Paul Michael and Councillor Noreen McClelland Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Jenny and Peter Monroe Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Aubrey Irwin and Maria Jardim Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Joe and Michael Scullion Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Angelina Fusco and Terry McCartney Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Angelina Fusco Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Marl Warnes and Stephen Balls Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Kirsty Mairs,Donald Thompson and Julie Galbraith Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
24th May 2018 The 40th Northern Ireland Tourism Awards took place recently at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, showcased the very best in local tourism. Pictured at the event is Darren and Emma McGinty Mandatory Credit: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

The Northern Ireland Tourism Awards have showcased the very best in local tourism for the fortieth time - at the venue where they first began 40 years ago.

The special anniversary event, organised by Tourism NI in association with Diageo NI, was held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, where the inaugural awards took place in 1978.

The black-tie event, now regarded as the highlight of the tourism calendar, was presented by former BBC newsreader and Belfast native Maxine Mawhinney.

Originally titled the ‘British Airways Tourism Endeavour Awards,’ the annual event has recognised many hundreds of local businesses over the years for their inspirational contribution to the tourism industry.

Head of Beannchor Group and Merchant Hotel owner Bill Wolsey received the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award while a Tourism Hero Award went to Caitriona Lavery from Hastings Hotels.

Celebrating the huge step changes in the industry over the last four decades, the anniversary event received a record number of entries spanning 11 different categories.

Winners on the night included Titanic Belfast, which scooped the Best International Experience following its crowning as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, and the Museum of Free Derry, which lifted the Authentic NI Experience of the Year.

Derry City and Strabane District Council stepped up to the podium twice as its Slow Food Festival won the NI Food and Drink Experience of the Year and its renowned Halloween festival won Best NI Event or Festival Experience. The Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year title was awarded to Chris Wilson at Streamvale Open Farm, situated outside Belfast.

In the ‘Best Stay’ accommodation categories, Bushmills Inn earned the best hotel award, Dungannon’s Spice Cottages lifted best self-catering and the Water’s Edge in Glenarm won the best guesthouse/B&B award.    

Speaking at the event, Tourism NI Chairman, Terence Brannigan, said: “Northern Ireland’s attractiveness as a tourist destination has come a long way in the last three or four decades. When you compare today with 1978, the step changes that have happened in our industry cannot be missed nor underestimated. In the last six years in particular the sector has performed consistently well.

“Today we are Lonely Planet’s Best Region in the World to visit in 2018 and we are preparing to host The Open Championship in 2019, the most prestigious golf event on the planet.

“Tourism is now one of the largest, locally owned, internationally traded sectors of our economy, supporting 60,000 jobs either directly or indirectly and offering Northern Ireland one of its best opportunities for economic growth.

“Considering the challenges that the industry has faced over the last 40 years, the achievements have been nothing short of immense.”

Jorge Lopes, Country Director, Diageo NI said: “What a fantastic evening for the tourism and hospitality industry in Northern Ireland.  The Awards really served to highlight the significant strides the industry has made over the last four decades and Diageo is very proud to be a part of that journey.  Congratulations to all the winners, indeed to everyone shortlisted for awards. I think we can feel extremely positive and excited about the future of tourism in Northern Ireland.”

The full list of 2018 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards winners is:

Authentic NI Experience of the Year [Sponsored by Diageo NI] 

Winner: The Museum of Free Derry

Highly commended: Seamus Heaney Homeplace

Commended: ‘Artisans at Work’, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust

Commended: Belfast Traditional Music Trail, An Droichead

Best International Experience [Sponsored by Tourism Ireland]

Winner: Titanic Belfast World Travel Award, Titanic Belfast

Highly commended: Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre

NI's Best Stay - Guesthouse / B&B     

Winner: Water's Edge, Glenarm

Highly commended: Blackrock House B&B

Commended: Ardtara Country House

NI's Best Stay – Hotel [Sponsored by First Trust Bank]   

Winner: Bushmills Inn

Highly commended: Merchant Hotel

Commended: Bullitt Hotel

Commended: Galgorm Resort and Spa

NI's Best Stay - Self Catering [Sponsored by Hoseasons]           

Winner: Spice Cottages

Highly commended: Blessingbourne Country Estate

Commended: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges

Commended: Ballygally Holiday Apartments

Most Impactful Digital Innovation Award      

Winner: Night Ride to Armagh: A Digital Transformation, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Highly commended: Motorhome Craic, Motorhome Parking Ireland

Commended: The MAC, Belfast

NI Food & Drink Experience of the Year [Sponsored by DWF]    

Winner: Slow Food Festival, Derry City and Strabane District Council

Highly commended: Walled City Brewery

Commended: The Parson's Nose, Balloo Inns Limited

Best NI Event or Festival Experience (International) [Sponsored by Tourism Ireland]        

Winner: Derry Halloween, Derry City and Strabane District Council

Highly commended: Northern Ireland Open, Galgorm Castle

Commended: Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club

Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience        

Winner: Armagh Georgian Festival 2017, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Highly commended: The Belfast Tattoo, XO Events

Commended: Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive, Outdoor Recreation NI

NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year [Sponsored by Ulster University Business School] 

Winner: Chris Wilson - Streamvale Open Farm

Highly commended: Melita Williams - Bespoke Northern Ireland

Commended: Sean McLaughlin - Fullerton Arms Guest House

NI Tourism Heritage Property of the Year     

Winner: Crumlin Road Gaol

Highly commended: Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Commended: Blessingbourne Manor and Country Estate

Tourism Hero

Winner: Caitriona Lavery, Hastings Hotels

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism 

Winner: Bill Wolsey, Beannchor Group

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