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Wow Factor Promised for 25th Anniversary Awards

If ever there was A Night to Remember, it will be the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Blue Insurance Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa on Friday, October 21!

For the past 24 years, the prestigious Awards ceremony has been attended by over 400 decision-makers from all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, while the Awards themselves have become a coveted symbol of success among industry peers.

There will be 29 Awards presented on the evening, which cover all sectors of the travel and tourism industry and are voted for by both the public and travel trade.

Said Northern Ireland Travel News' Jonathan Adair: "Over the years we have tried to set the bar higher and higher, but this year's Awards gala will definitely be an event in keeping with such a special occasion. There will certainly be a 'wow factor' in almost every aspect of the evening. We don't want to give too much away at this stage suffice to say that the 25th Awards definitely should not be missed.

"There will be surprises, innovations and changes that will make the event a really magical and memorable evening. We are intent on making the 25th gala a really, really special occasion that will long be remembered by anyone lucky enough to be there.”

Ciaran Mulligan of headline sponsors Blue Insurance said: “Blue Insurance are delighted be involved once again as headline sponsor for the Northern Ireland Travel Trade News Awards and especially this year given that it's the 25th Year of the Awards. These Travel Industry Awards in the unique setting of the Slieve Donard Hotel are by far the best and most professionally run in the Travel Industry. We look forward to celebrating this special 25th Anniversary awards night with our colleagues and friends across the Travel Industry from Ireland and the UK."

Vital to the planning and success of the Awards are the sponsors, and this year is no exception. In fact their backing is even more crucial this time around, given that this is the 25th Anniversary gala. Therefore the organisers are delighted to have secured the backing of two new sponsors, Hastings Hotels, and Tourism Ireland, in addition to the Headline Sponsor Blue Insurance and continuing backing from five other category sponsors from last year - Stena Line, British Airways, Belfast International Airport, Blue Insurance and Amadeus.

The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa - formerly the Slieve Donard Hotel - has been a popular venue for the Awards for all its 25 years, a time in which the Slieve's staff have served up more than 10,000 meals to Travel and Tourism winners, nominees and guests. Another 450 meals will be served on October 21 as for the first time the Awards gala is a sell-out before the tickets have even officially gone on sale.

"This is the first time there are no tickets left at the time of the Awards launch," said Brian Ogle of Northern Ireland Travel News. The demand to be at the 25th has been unprecedented. That is not to say there won't be a few cancellations or drop-outs nearer the time, but almost six months away from the gala all the seats have already gone. This demonstrates more than anything what a success the Awards have become.”

Highlights from the Blue Insurance 25th Anniversary Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards Launch 2016

Full list of Award Winners 2015


BEST TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE 2015

Winner - Belfast Welcome Centre

NI SPECIAL TOURISM SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2015

Winner - Tanya Cathcart

NI TOURISM MARKETING INITIATIVE 2015

Winner - The Tall Ships, Belfast 2015

BEST NI VISITOR ATTRACTION 2015

Winner - The Giants Causeway

NI TRAVEL STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2015

Winner - Stephanie Allen

BEST UK DOMESTIC AIRLINE 2015

Winner - Aer Lingus

BEST AIRLINE WORLDWIDE 2015

Winner - United Airlines

BEST AIRLINE TO EUROPE EX-BELFAST 2015

Winner - easyJet

BEST FERRY COMPANY 2015

Winner - Stena Line

BEST TOURIST BOARD 2015

Winner - Spanish Tourist Board

BEST ACCOMODATION-ONLY SPECIALIST 2015

Winner - getabed

BEST TRAVEL INTERNET BOOKING SYSTEM 2015

Winner - Jet2.com

BEST TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANY 2015

Winner - Blue Insurance

BEST CRUISE LINE 2015

Winner - Royal Caribbean International

BEST SPECIALIST CRUISE COMPANY 2015

Winner - Silversea Cruises

BEST LUXURY OPERATOR 2015

Winner - Classic Collection Holidays

BEST WORLDWIDE TOUR OPERATOR 2015

Winner - Travel 2

BEST HOLIDAY ADD-ONs or CAR HIRE PROVIDER 2015

Winner - Affordable Car Hire

BEST SHORT BREAKS TOUR OPERATOR 2015

Winner - Travel Solutions

BEST SKI OPERATOR 2015

Winner - Topflight

BEST PACKAGE TOUR OPERATOR 2015

Winner - Jet2holidays

TRAVEL TRADE MANAGER/REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR 2015

Winner - Barry Jackson

BEST SALES SUPPORT TEAM TO NI TRAVEL TRADE 2015

Winner - World Travel Centres

BEST NI MULTIPLE RETAIL AGENCY BRANCH 2015

Winner - Thomson, Armagh

NI TRAVEL INDUSTRY AWARD 2015

Winner - Selective Travel Management

NI TRAVEL INDUSTRY ROLL OF HONOUR 2015

Winner - Brian Surgenor

NI TRAVEL CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR 2015

Winner - Scott Parker

NI TRAVEL AGENT OF THE YEAR 2015

Winner - Clubworld Travel, Lurgan

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25th Anniversary Awards Launch - in partnership with Blue Insurance


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