The Vauxhall International North West 200 motorcycle races and a number of north coast establishments are on the shortlist of nominations for the 2015 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, in association with Tennent’s NI.
The Causeway Hotel and Bushmills Inn in Bushmills and the Shola Coach Bed and Breakfast in Portrush are also in the running for awards.
The sought-after awards, which recognise the outstanding performers in the tourism industry, will this year be presented over eleven different categories including two special awards.
A shortlist of 27 plus nominees for two special awards has been drawn up by a panel of judges.
Entries for the awards came in from all over Northern Ireland.
In what will be the highlight of the tourism calendar, the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held on Thursday 14 May at the Sir William Whitla Hall at Queen’s University Belfast.
Kathryn Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, Tourism NI, said: “A winning destination needs winning tourism providers and we’ve looked hard at what makes a successful provider and how we can reinforce Northern Ireland’s brand while stimulating innovation, competitiveness and shared best practice. Our shortlist completely reflects that.
“No matter how small or large the operation, all local businesses and organisations have a lead part to play in growing tourism in 2015 and beyond.”