2019 Shortlist

2019 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards Shortlist

The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards in association with DIAGEO Northern Ireland. The winners of each category along with commended and highly commended finalists and judges special awards will be announced at the Black Tie Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner on Thursday 30th May 2019 in Armagh.  Find out more about the Awards Event & How to book tickets.

Authentic NI Experience of the Year (Tour, Trail or Immersive)
Catch & Sea Tour – Causeway Coast Foodie Tours
DC Tours
Tours of Armagh Cider – Armagh Cider Company Ltd

Authentic NI Experience of the Year (Site Based)
Antrim Castle Gardens – Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council
Armagh Georgian Festival – Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre

Best International Experience
Derry International Hallowe’en Festival 2018 (DHWN18) – Derry City & Strabane District Council
Giants Causeway Visitor Experience – National Trust
Leaders of Excellence – Odyssey International

Best Digital Marketing Campaign
Derry Halloween – Nerve Centre
Dinosaur Encounter – W5
Seasonal Digital Marketing Campaigns – Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism

Most Promising Authentic NI Event or Festival Experience
Armagh Food & Cider Festival – Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
Giants Causeway Coast Sportive – Outdoor Recreation NI
Open House Festival Bangor 2018
Stendhal Festival Ltd

NI’s Best Guest House / B&B Stay
Baytree Boutique B&B
Peartree Hill B&B
Rooms at Rue

NI’s Best Hotel Stay
Bishop’s Gate Hotel
Bullitt Hotel
The Bushmills Inn

NI’s Best Self Catering Stay
Ballygally Holiday Apartments
Killyhevlin Hotel & Lakeside Lodges
Larchfield Estate

NI Food & Drink Experience of the Year
Armagh Food & Cider Festival – Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
Distillery Gastropub & Gin School – Hughes Craft Distillery
The Food Festival at The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival, Shanes Castle – Country Lifestyle Exhibitions (CLE) Ltd

NI Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year
Albert Titterington – Country Lifestyle Exhibitions (CLE) Ltd
Gareth Murphy – Vertigo Inflatapark – We Are Vertigo
Sean McLaughlin – Fullerton Arms
Wilson Family – Montalto Estate

Best NI Event or Festival Experience
Balmoral Show – Royal Ulster Agricultural Society
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018
Feile 30, A Community Celebration of Global Culture – Feile an Phobail

Best Use of Digital Technology to Improve the Visitor Experience
Hello Maritime Mile – Belfast City Council
Introduction of online timed ticketing system for Carrick-a-rede – National Trust

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