Independent.ie cruises to prestigious UK travel journalism award
Independent.ie has beaten off the cream of UK and Irish media to win 'Best use of Digital Media' at the CLIA UK & Ireland cruise journalism awards.
Travel Editor Pól Ó Conghaile won the digital award at the 2016 Cruise Lines International Association Awards for his work with Independent.ie.
Two online and video reviews - on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas and the ultra-luxury cruise experience on Silversea's Silver Cloud - were cited.
Judges awarded the pieces, whose #TravelTV elements were produced by Donal Corkery and David O'Beirne, for their engaging and impartial content.
The CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Journalism Awards were hosted by the BBC's Ben Thompson in London this week, and featured a record number of entries from across the full spectrum of UK and Irish media.
The award is the latest recognition of the growing reach and influence of INM's trusted brand of travel journalism, both in print and online.
At last month's French Travel Media Awards, Pól Ó Conghaile won the special 'Paris Award' for a piece on the #ParisWeLoveYou campaign for Independent.ie.
The Sunday World's Jim Gallagher won 'Best City Break Feature in France' at those awards, while freelance contributor Conor Power received a prize for 'Best Gastronomy and Wine Feature in France'.
Pól Ó Conghaile and Conor Power were also category winners at the annual Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year Awards, held this January, while Jamie Blake Knox of the Sunday Independent won 'Best Newcomer/Young Journalist'.
Last year, Herald Travel Editor Mark Evans won a CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Journalism Award for his feature on a river cruise in Portugal.