Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle scooped the Best Ireland’s Hidden Heartland Award (greater than 50,000 visitors) at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019 in Dublin last week.
The Awards, organised by the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC), Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, gathered the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Irish tourism industry, announcing 15 winning companies as best in their category from 75 shortlisted finalists.
The event encourages, recognises and celebrates excellence in the tourism sector. Presenter Kathryn Thomas hosted the gala evening, which took place in Dublin at the Clayton Hotel and was attended by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, who presented the awards.
Speaking at the event, Minister Shane Ross said: “I am delighted to acknowledge the hard work and success of all companies at this evening’s event. Our successful tourism figures go hand-in-hand with the quality of the Irish tourism and hospitality industry. My congratulations to all the award winners and continued success”.
Louise Fitzpatrick of Lough Key expressed delight with winning the award: “This is a great achievement for us and we are delighted to be recognised as winner – tourism is vital for the national and regional economy and we are so pleased to play our part in such a key sector”.