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Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards 2017

NORTHERN IRELAND TRAVEL AND TOURISM AWARDS - IN ASSOCIATION WITH BLUE INSURANCE

One of Northern Ireland's most successful travel companies over the last few years, Travel Solutions, is today announcing sponsorship of the 26th annual Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards held in association with Blue Insurance.

Founded and run by local businessman Peter McMinn, the Belfast tour operator will be a new category sponsor for this year's Awards to be held on Friday, October 20 in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.

For the 26th year the Awards will be held at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle, and as last year, the Awards gala was a sell-out before the tickets had even officially gone on sale!

As in 2016, the result of the assessments and the winner of the Travel Student of the Year award will be announced on the day of the interviews. The actual presentation of the trophy however will be made on stage at the Awards on Friday, October 20 - as always.

There are no new Awards this year, but competition is sure to be as keen as ever for accolades for the top airlines, cruise lines and tour operators in particular.

There's expected to be keen competition once again for the much sought-after individual award for the Northern Ireland Travel Consultant of the Year. As in recent years the Award is voted for by the Travelling Public and Principals in the industry and when the eventual votes are counted, the five finalists - travel consultants with the most votes - will then be assessed by a panel of judges drawn from the industry in the weeks leading up this year's Awards ceremony, to decide the actual winner.

It has been another outstanding year for local tourism and there will again be keen competition for the person or event which has made the biggest contribution and impact on the Province's burgeoning tourism industry.

The competition for the Best Tourist Information Centre is always very competitive and this year will be no exception. Votes will be cast by the the public based on their layout, range of information, helpfulness of staff, access, etc. The top five TICs will then be 'mystery shopped' to decide the overall winner.

As in previous years there will be prize incentives on offer to encourage members of the public and readers and subscribers of Northern Ireland Travel News to vote in the public voting categories.

This year, to celebrate five years of British Airways returning to Northern Ireland to fly from George Best Belfast City Airport, the airline will be offering five prizes - each of two tickets to Heathrow - in the various public voting categories. Draws will be made from the votes cast to decide the respective winners, and of course the winners of the British Airways' Tickets.

As usual, a lot of interest will focus on the destination of the specially sculpted World Globe for the Travel Agency of the Year. The big question once again is whether there will be a new name on the plinth on the night or whether it will be one of the previous winners, almost all well-known independents. There will also be an Award for the Best individual shop of a UK Multiple travel company.

* The seven category sponsors for the 2017 Awards are Stena Line, Travel Solutions, Tourism Ireland, British Airways, Belfast International Airport, Blue Insurance and Amadeus. The Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards in association with Blue Insurance are organised by Northern Ireland Travel News.


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Votes in the 19 Trade categories have to be received by Friday, September 15, and, as an incentive, two complimentary tickets to the Awards will be presented to the sender of the first voting slip drawn out after the closing date.

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Readers of Northern Ireland Travel News have just a short time left - until September 1 - to have a chance of winning a pair of British Airways' tickets to London Heathrow.

Five pairs of British Airways' tickets from Belfast City Airport to Heathrow are being offered as an incentive for members of the Travelling Public to vote for this year's Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards, run in association with Blue Insurance, to be held on the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa on October 20.

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Full list of Award Winners 2016

BEST TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE 2016

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre

BEST NI VISITOR ATTRACTION 2016

Titanic Belfast

NI TOURISM MARKETING INITIATIVE 2016

Tourism Ireland – Game of Thrones

BEST NI SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2016

Gerry Lennon

NI TRAVEL STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Gemma Gibson

BEST FERRY COMPANY 2016

Stena Line

BEST INSURANCE COMPANY 2016

Blue Insurance

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE 2016

Silversea Cruises

BEST SPECIALIST CRUISE LINE 2016

Royal Caribbean International

BEST CRUISE LINE 2016

Royal Caribbean International

BEST HOLIDAY ADD-ONS OR CAR HIRE PROVIDER 2016

Holiday Extras

BEST AIRLINE, BELFAST CITY AIRPORT 2016

Aer Lingus

BEST AIRLINE, BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 2016

Easyjet

BEST WORLDWIDE AIRLINE 2016

Emirates

BEST ACCOMMODATION-ONLY SPECIALIAST 2016

Get A Bed

BEST TRAVEL INTERNET BOOKING SYSTEM 2016

Jet2holidays

BEST WORLDWIDE TOUR OPERATOR 2016

Gold Medal/ Travel 2

BEST SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATOR 2016

American Holidays

BEST LUXURY OPERATOR 2016

If Only

BEST SKI OPERATOR 2016

Topflight

BEST TOUR OPERATOR TO EUROPE 2016

Jet2holidays

BEST TOURIST BOARD 2016

Spanish Tourist Board

TRAVEL TRADE MANAGER/ REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR 2016

Martin Maclaren

BEST SALES SUPPORT TEAM TO NI TRAVEL TRADE 2016

Jet2holidays

NI TRAVEL INDUSTRY AWARD 2016

Travel Solutions

NI TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRYS ROLL OF HONOUR 2016

Julian Simmons

NI TRAVEL MARKETING INITIATIVE 2016

Get Me On Harmony, RCI

NI TRAVEL CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR 2016

Simon O'Neill

BEST NI MULTIPLE RETAIL AGENCY BRANCH 2016

Thomson, Castlecourt

NORTHERN IRELAND TRAVEL AGENT OF THE YEAR 2016

Oasis Travel, Howard Street

AMERICAN AIRLINES


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EMIRATES


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