INM travel writers scoop trio of top international awards
And the winners are...
Independent.ie's Pól Ó Conghaile has been named Travel Writer of the Year at the UK's top travel journalism awards.
The announcement was made at the British Guild of Travel Writers' annual gala awards ceremony at The Savoy in London this week.
The BGTW is a 55-year-old guild whose 2016 award-winners were celebrated for their travel contributions to media outlets ranging from National Geographic Traveller to the BBC, INM, The London Independent and Condé Nast Traveler.
This is the first time an Irish writer has won its most prestigious award.
Also this week, Thomas Breathnach, a regular contributor to Weekend Magazine and Independent.ie, won the premier prize at the annual Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards, for his 'Cool Runnings' travel feature on Jamaica.
In presenting his prize for 'Best National Newspaper Feature', judges cited Thomas's ability to create a "real sense of place" in his writing, whilst also singling out the design and photo editing on the piece as "the most impactful" of all entries.
Both the BGTW Travel Awards and Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards were held during World Travel Market in London this week.
They follow a third international award, presented to freelance travel writer Yvonne Gordon at the Malta Tourism Authority Press Awards this summer.
Yvonne won the 2015 'Newspaper Category' award for her travel feature on Gozo island, Escape to Gozo, which was published in Weekend Magazine. The award was presented at a special ceremony in Valletta, Malta.
The trio of awards is the latest recognition of the growing reach and influence of INM's trusted brand of travel journalism, both in print and online.
This year, Independent.ie also beat off the cream of UK and Irish media to win 'Best use of Digital Media' at the CLIA UK & Ireland cruise journalism awards.
Pol Ó Conghaile won the digital award for "engaging and impartial content" in #TravelTV reports produced by Donal Corkery and David O'Beirne.