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Gulliver Ireland Tourism accommodation award winners 2005 announced

Winners of the second annual Gulliver Ireland Tourism Accommodation Awards 2005 were announced. Bray’s…

Winners of the second annual Gulliver Ireland Tourism Accommodation Awards 2005 were announced. Bray’s Esplanade Hotel & Fitness Centre was awarded the overall honour. The Gulliver Ireland Awards recognise online marketing excellence demonstrated by hotel, guesthouse, b & b and self-catering accommodation suppliers around the country through their partnership with Gulliver Ireland.

The awards announcement was made in another bumper year for the Gulliver-owned GoIreland website, the premier online window for Irish tourism businesses and the leading consumer site for tourist information and reservations. Online bookings through GoIreland website and affiliated websites to December 2005 increased by 61 per cent compared with 2004. Some 410,000 bed nights, valued at almost €15.5 million, were booked online for the year 2005.

Headquartered in Killorglin, Co Kerry, Gulliver Ireland is Ireland’s leading cost-effective provider of tourism information and reservations. Its database contains all approved accommodation providers on the island of Ireland, irrespective of size and location. The system processes bookings for almost 10,000 member properties from the internet, tourist offices and the international contact centre. It functions as Ireland’s national tourism information database and powers, among others, the Failte Ireland website.

Accommodation providers using Gulliver Ireland to market their properties were considered for the awards. The winners were chosen based on a number of criteria, particularly for effective online sales management, a skill that is becoming evermore vital to tourism enterprises of all sizes.

Speaking at the announcement of the winners, Dr. Stewart Stephens, managing director of Gulliver Ireland, said: “2005 has seen the Irish tourism sector continue to embrace technology as it develops its internet sales and marketing capability. The Esplanade Hotel and Fitness Centre, a regional winner in 2004, has improved its online sales and marketing resources to win the overall award. The Esplanade is a worthy winner and a fine example of a hotel that pulls out all the stops in the pursuit of Internet marketing excellence.”

He added: “The focus of the awards is to highlight and encourage excellence in online accommodation marketing. The increasing ability of tourism properties to promote their product online is essential to the industry’s well-being and prosperity. The fact that we have five winning properties which were award winners last year demonstrates the strides being made to achieve optimum online marketing excellence. We hope that more and more accommodation providers emulate this best practice.”

The awards comprised eight geographic regions with four category awards in each region. The winners are:

Dublin Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – Biscayne, Malahide

Guesthouse – Othello House, Gardiner Street

Hotel – Harcourt Hotel, Harcourt Street

Self-Catering – Nally Self Catering, Rathgar

South West Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – Purple Heather, Gap of Dunloe, Kerry

Guesthouse – Eagle Lodge, Western Road, Cork

Hotel – Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre, Shandon, Cork

Self-Catering – Wine Strand Cottages, Ballyferriter, Kerry

Shannon Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – Castle View House, Ballyneety

Guesthouse – Ardilaun House, Ennis

Hotel – Railway Hotel, Limerick

Self-Catering – Ocean View, Doolin

South East Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – Ballyknock House, Cashel

Guesthouse – Portree, Waterford City

Hotel – Travelodge, Waterford City

Self-Catering – Coolgreaney House, Castelwarren

North West Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – Haywoods, Donegal Town

Guesthouse – Atlantic, Donegal Town

Hotel – Fitzgeralds Hotel, Bundoran

Self-Catering – Hillcrest, Burtonport

Midlands East Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – The Old Coach House, Avoca

Guesthouse – Cluskeys Guesthouse, Dundalk

Hotel – Esplanade Hotel & Fitness Centre, Bray

Self-Catering – Tower Farmhouse, Collon

Ireland West Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – Abhog, Galway City

Guesthouse – Ardawn House, Galway City

Hotel – Wards Hotel, Salthill

Self-Catering – Glenlara Park, Westport

Northern Ireland Region – Property Name

Bed & Breakfast – Spring Farm, Bushmills

Guesthouse – Avenue Guesthouse, Belfast

Hotel – Derry City, Travelodge

Self-Catering – Barahilly House, Glenariffe, Antrim

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