Crumlin Road Gaol have captured the award for Tourism Heritage Property of the Year 2018 at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2018.
In its fortieth year, the Tourism NI awards were held on Thursday 25th May at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. Showcasing the best in local Tourism, Crumlin Road Gaol was recognised for providing, ‘an increased offering for community, education and business use, whilst also being a major tourist attraction.’
Phelim Devlin of Crumlin Road Gaol said, “Belfast’s tourism growth in recent years has been wonderful to see and we are delighted to have been recognised for our efforts in contributing to that.” He said, “We look forward to continuing to improve and expand on our unique products and facilities that we have to offer to our returning visitors and new visitors in the months and years ahead.”
Crumlin Road Gaol has grown to be a multi-purpose destination; as well as offering public guided tours and today is one of Belfast’s top tourist attraction which is graded 5 stars by Tourism NI. Since reopening in 2012 it has seen expansion of services and facilities in the business and entertainment sectors.
Pictured receiving the award is Phelim Devlin from Crumlin Road Gaol alongside Terry McCartney, board member of category sponsor Tourism NI.
Speaking at the event, Tourism NI Chairman, Terence Brannigan, said: “Northern Ireland’s attractiveness as a tourist destination has come a long way in the last three or four decades. When you compare today with 1978, the step changes that have happened in our industry cannot be missed nor underestimated. In the last six years, in particular the sector has performed consistently well.
Jorge Lopes, Country Director, Diageo NI said: “What a fantastic evening for the tourism and hospitality industry in Northern Ireland. The Awards really served to highlight the significant strides the industry has made over the last four decades and Diageo is very proud to be a part of that journey. Congratulations to all the winners, indeed to everyone shortlisted for awards. I think we can feel extremely positive and excited about the future of tourism in Northern Ireland.”