Waterford attraction wins big at Irish Tourism Awards

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Waterford attraction wins big at Irish Tourism Awards

Members of Waterford City and County Council with the winning Waterford Crystal team

House of Waterford Crystal has picked up the overall award in the category for ‘Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism
Experience' at the Irish Tourism Awards.

Waterford had three of its best-known visitor attractions shortlisted for the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, which took
place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin on Friday evening last.

The shortlisted attractions included The King of the Vikings 3D Virtual Reality Adventure, Waterford Greenway and House of Waterford Crystal.

The Irish Tourism Industry Awards give recognition to and promote people, companies and organisations – overseas and
at home – that have made significant contributions to developing, marketing, selling and delivering improved visitor experiences in Ireland and to increasing the number of visitors from overseas.

House of Waterford Crystal was announced as the overall winner in the category for ‘Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism
Experience, greater than 25,000 visitors’.

PICTURED: The beautiful House of Waterford Crystal

The attraction was shortlisted in a very competitive category which featured another iconic Waterford attraction, the Waterford Greenway as well as The Spike Island Experience, Castlecomer Discovery Park and The Jameson Distillery in Midleton.

The wonderful and unique King of the Vikings 3D Virtual Reality Adventure was shortlisted in the ‘Best Ireland’s Ancient
East Tourism Experience, less than 25,000 visitors’.

King of the Viking’s, the world’s first virtual reality experience was nominated in a category alongside Making Mór of Ireland’s Ancient East, the Irish Experience, Farm to Fork Tour, EI Travel Group, Bargetrips on the Grand Canal and the overall winner in this category, Vagabond Tours of Ireland.

Waterford was also represented at the awards as part of the Munster Vales initiative, a tourism destination in the heart
of Munster, of domestic and international significance incorporating the Comeragh, Knockmealdown, Galtee, Ballyhoura
and Nagles mountain ranges.

Munster Vales was shortlisted for the ‘Best Environmental Tourism Destination’ along with Make Kilkee Plastic Free, Lough Boora Discovery Park, Lough Muckno and the overall winners in this category, Vagabond Tours of Ireland.

Presenter, Kathryn Thomas hosted the gala evening which was attended by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, 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."

"I would particularly like to thank Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland for their fantastic contribution to these achievements."

Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr Declan Doocey, led the Waterford delegation that attended the
awards and said that he was “proud to see a very strong Waterford representation at these prestigious awards which
only goes to show the strength in depth of the visitor experiences that Waterford has to offer as a tourist destination."

Cllr Doocey also went on to congratulate House of Waterford Crystal as winners in their category as well as
Waterford Greenway, the King of The Vikings Experience and Munster Vales.

For full details on the 2019 Irish Tourism Industry Awards log onto www.irishtourismindustryawards.ie. For more
information on the Waterford Visitor Experience log onto www.visitwaterford.com