Sunday 18 November 2018

Could it be you? Irish tourism awards open for nominations

The Irish Tourism Industry Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and success within tourism...

Pictured at the launch of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation Awards were Minister Brendan Griffin with on left, Conor Hennigan, Hennigan Hospitality Services Ltd and Eoghan O'Mara-Walsh, Chief Executive, ITIC.
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Pictured at the launch of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation Awards were Minister Brendan Griffin with on left, Conor Hennigan, Hennigan Hospitality Services Ltd and Eoghan O'Mara-Walsh, Chief Executive, ITIC. Photo: Don MacMonagle
The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation launch of their 2019 tourism awards, at Dublin Castle. Picture: Colm Mahady / Fennells
The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation launch of their 2019 tourism awards, at Dublin Castle. Picture: Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright© Fennell Photography 2018
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Irish tourism employs some 254,000 people and is heading for another record year, but which are the best experiences catering for visitors?

The Irish Tourism Industry Awards will provide answers - across several categories - when winners are revealed at a star-studded ceremony next February 1.

The Awards, held every second year to "celebrate excellence, innovation and success within tourism", are organised by the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC), Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and industry partners.

The 2019 awards categories are:

  • Best International Marketing Initiative
  • Best New International Access Initiative
  • Best Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Experience - large & small
  • Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism Experience – large & small
  • Best Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Tourism Experience
  • Best Dublin Tourism Experience – large & small
  • Best Festival / Event Experience
  • Best Food/Beverage Experience
  • Best Meet in Ireland Business Tourism Innovation
  • Best Environmental Tourism Innovation
  • Best Innovative Place to Stay
  • Best Entrepreneurial Tourism Initiative

Winners at the last awards, held in 2017, included Dublin Airport, Westport House, GPO Witness History and the Bray Air Display (see the full list here).

The 2019 awards will also see a Special Recognition Award will also be presented to Willie Walsh, CEO of International AIrlines Group (IAG), whose airline subsidiaries include Aer Lingus, BA, Iberia and Vueling.

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The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation launch of their 2019 tourism awards, at Dublin Castle. Picture: Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright© Fennell Photography 2018

Walsh's work with IAG, and previously as CEO of Aer Lingus "has been instrumental in delivering positive change to Irish tourism and we look forward to saluting him on the night,” said Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of ITIC.

O'Mara Walsh encouraged all tourism businesses, big and small, to enter what he described as "a flagship event within the tourism calendar."

“Tourism is a key sector for the Irish economy and it is only right and proper that there is a national event to acknowledge and celebrate the best companies, operators and initiatives in this vibrant industry," added Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Brendan Griffin, speaking at the event launch.

Industry sponsors of the Awards include Aer Lingus, Irish Ferries, Cork Airport, Shannon Group, the Incoming Tour Operators' Association (ITOA), CIE Tours, Dublin Port, Guinness Storehouse, OPW, Waterford Crystal, Jameson Visitor Centres, Stena Line and the Irish Hotels Federation.

Winners will be selected by an independent judging panel and announced at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin next February 1.

Submissions can be made up to October 31 on irishtourismindustryawards.ie.

Read more:

Irish Tourism in Numbers: From our most popular attraction to our least visited county... and more

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