The forty-first Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, in association with Diageo Northern Ireland took place for the first time in Armagh on 30th May.

See our full list of winners below:


Authentic NI Experience of the Year – Site Based – Sponsored by Diageo NI

Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim

Winner: Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council for Antrim Castle Gardens
Highly commended: RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre
Commended: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for Armagh Georgian Festival

Authentic NI Experience of the Year – Tour, Trail or Immersive – Sponsored by Diageo NI

Armagh Cider Company, Armagh

Winner: Armagh Cider Company for Tours of Armagh Cider
Highly commended: Causeway Coast Foodie Tours for Catch and Sea Tour
Highly commended: DC Tours, Belfast

Best Digital Marketing Campaign – Sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

W5, Belfast

Winner: W5 – Dinosaur Encounter
Highly commended: Nerve Centre in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council - Derry Halloween
Commended: Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, Seasonal Digital Marketing Campaign

Best International Experience of the Year – Sponsored by Tourism Ireland

Derry Halloween, Derry~Londonderry

Winner: Derry City and Strabane District Council for Derry International Hallowe'en Festival 2018
Highly commended: National Trust NI – Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience
Commended: Odyssey International –Leaders of Excellence

Best NI Event or Festival Experience – Sponsored by Tourism Ireland

The Balmoral Show, Lisburn

Winner: The Balmoral Show, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society
Highly commended: Féile an Phobail for Féile 30 – A Community Celebration of Global Culture
Commended: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018

Best Use of Digital Technology to Improve the Visitor Experience

Hello Maritime Mile, Belfast

Winner: Belfast City Council and Titanic Foundation for Hello Maritime Mile
Highly commended: National Trust for Introduction of online timed ticketing system for Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience

Stendhal Festival, Limavady

Winner: Stendhal Festival
Highly commended: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for Armagh Food & Cider Festival
Highly commended: Open House Festival, Bangor
Commended: Outdoor Recreation NI for Giants Causeway Coast Sportive

NI Food & Drink Experience of the Year – Sponsored by Yellow Door

Armagh Food & Cider Festival, Armagh

Winner: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for Armagh Food & Cider Festival
Highly commended: Hughes Craft Distillery/The StillHouse Moira for Distillery Gastropub and Gin School
Commended: Country Lifestyle Exhibitions (CLE) Ltd for The Food Festival, Shane’s Castle

NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Ulster University

We Are Vertigo, Belfast

Winner: Gareth Murphy, We Are Vertigo
Highly commended: Albert Titterington, Country Lifestyle Exhibitions (CLE) Ltd
Commended: Sean McLaughlin, Fullerton Arms
Commended: The Wilson Family, Montalto Estate

NI’s Best Guesthouse / B&B Stay – Sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Peartree Hill B&B, Dundonald

Winner: Peartree Hill B&B
Highly commended: Baytree Boutique B&B
Commended: Rooms at Rue

NI’s Best Hotel Stay – Sponsored by Robb Brothers Wine Merchant

Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry~Londonderry

Winner: Bishop's Gate Hotel
Highly commended: Bullitt Hotel
Highly commended: Bushmills Inn

NI’s Best Self Catering Stay

 

Ballygally Holiday Apartments, County Antrim

Winner: Ballygally Holiday Apartments
Highly commended: Larchfield Estate
Commended: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges

Special Awards

Outstanding contribution to tourism – Sponsored by Diageo NI

Ulster Museum, Belfast

Winner: National Museums Northern Ireland

NI Tourism Hero

Winner: Mark Rodgers, Dalriada Kingdom Tours

Congratulations to all our winners...

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