North coast tourism providers scoop win!

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North Coast tourism providers have been recognised at the 37th Annual Northern Ireland Tourism awards.

The gala ceremony, regarded as the highlight of the tourism calendar, recognised the most inspirational local providers and performers and celebrated the success of the tourism industry over the past year.

The 2015 awards spanned nine different categories and two special awards, reflecting developments and trends within the tourism and hospitality industry.

In the accommodation categories, the winners were Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant, which lifted the Best Place to Stay- Hotel of the Year, and the Causeway Hotel which was commended by the judges.

The Giant’s Causeway Heritage Site was also commended in the Extra Mile Award for Customer Service category.

Speaking on his first official tourism engagement as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Jonathan Bell said: “Northern Ireland is fortunate to have such a range of ambitious, hard-working and innovative tourism providers, enterprises and stakeholders as demonstrated by the outstanding calibre and range of award winners tonight. This gives me great confidence that Northern Ireland is well equipped to maintain the momentum that has been generated in tourism and that we can continue the drive to increase its economic benefits.”

The Giro d’Italia, which was universally hailed as a major success for Northern Ireland, scooped the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award.

Tourism NI Chairman, Terence Brannigan, said: “Tourism continues to offer one of the best opportunities we have to strengthen the local economy, and these awards are about celebrating the best practice, the innovation and the creativity that will help move the industry on.”