IAG CEO Willie Walsh to be honoured at Irish Tourism Industry Awards

  • ITIC awards to take place Feb 1 Clayton Burlington Rd
  • Willie Walsh to be honoured 
  • 4th year of awards

IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh is to be honoured at the upcoming Irish Tourism Industry awards, organised by the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and inbound industry partners.

A Special Recognition Award will be presented to Willie Walsh to reflect his contribution to tourism. ITIC CEO Eoghan O’Mara Walsh said that “we are delighted to present Willie with a Special Recognition Award – his work as CEO of Aer Lingus, and latterly as CEO of IAG, has been instrumental in delivering positive change to Irish tourism and we look forward to saluting him on the night”.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 1 at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road and submissions are now open on  www.irishtoursimindustryawards.ie . The awards cover regional tourism experiences, access initiatives, festivals and food tourism innovations among others.

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Industry sponsors of the awards include Aer Lingus, Irish Ferries, Cork Airport, Shannon Group, the Incoming Tour Operators Association, CIE Tours, Dublin Port, Guinness Storehouse, OPW, Waterford Crystal, Jameson Visitor Centres, Stena Line and the Irish Hotels Federation.

Minister Brendan Griffin with Conor Hennigan, Hennigan Hospitality Services, and Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh, Chief Executive, ITIC, at the awards launch. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The biennial awards,  launched by Junior Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin, “celebrate excellence, innovation and success within tourism, Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and one that employs 254,000 around the country. Tourism is a key sector for the Irish economy and it is only right and proper that there is a national event to acknowledge and celebrate the best companies, operators and initiatives in this vibrant industry,” said Minister Griffin.

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Eoghan O’Mara Walsh added: “The awards are organised by industry with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland and are a flagship event within the tourism calendar. I encourage tourism businesses – big and small – to enter.”

Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, welcomed the inclusion of Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, and Dublin as Award categories and anticipated a high level of entries of significant calibre: “Tourism is one of the very few sectors which can penetrate all regions of Ireland and the quality and depth of Ireland’s tourism offering continues to improve and excite.”

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Overseas tourism is enjoying considerable success at the moment and all markets are performing well. Tourism Ireland is delighted to support the awards once again and we anticipate a great event.”


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