Tourism NI calls for entries to Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2019

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Tourism NI has launched this year’s Northern Ire-land Tourism Awards alongside event sponsor Dia-geo.

Tourism businesses across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to enter the awards, which will take place in May.

The Northern Ireland Tour-ism Awards will recognise and reward excellence, best practice and innovation by

tourism and hospitality busin-esses from across the country over the past 12 months.

This year businesses have the opportunity to compete for 11 categories ranging from Authentic NI Experience of the Year and NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year to Best International Experience of the Year and Most Impactful Digital Innovation.

The full list of categories can be found at

Calling for local tourism businesses to enter the 2019 awards, John McGrillen, Tour-

ism NI Chief Executive, said: “On the international stage our reputation as a tourism destination, both for leisure and business, has grown substantially and these aw-ards are about recognising those in the industry who have helped to deliver this success.

“By the end of 2018 the tourism industry was sup-porting 65,000 jobs and contributing £2.5 million per day to our local economy, making tourism a key driver of economic growth.

“With such a huge year ahead as we gear up to host the 148th Open at Royal Portrush, I have confidence that 2019 will again see the tourism industry break records. I wish all of our entrants this year the very best of luck.”

Paddy McKenna, Commer-

cial Manager for Diageo Northern Ireland, commented:

“We are extremely proud title spon-sors of the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.

“Our brands, including Guin-

ness, Harp, Baileys and Smithwick’s, are synonymous with the hospitality and tourism industry and we are

both committed and pass-ionate in our support of the sector.

“These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the individuals, businesses and initiatives that have put Northern Ire-land firmly on the tourism map and, in doing so, have proven to be significant economic drivers for the Northern Ireland economy at a time when we really need it.

“The innovation, drive and

diversity of the sector is

evident and we would en-courage all those involved to take part in the awards and showcase the very best of tourism in Northern Ireland.”

n The deadline for sub-mitting entries is Thursday, February 21, at 5pm.

n For full details on cat-

egories and how to enter

please visit www.nitourism


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