by STACEY HEANEY
Sandra Corkin, Managing
Director of Oasis Travel (centre) and her team
collect the Tyrone Crystal globe from comedian
Fred MacAuley and television personality Angela
Rippon after Oasis was named Northern Ireland
Travel of the Year for the fifth time at the
annual Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism
A NUMBER of local businesses have been honoured
at this year's Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards. Down
Royal's Festival of Racing, Oasis Travel and Belfast
International Airport were all recognised at the glittering
award ceremony last Friday (October 19) at the 16th Northern
Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards.
One of the most sought-after awards on the
night was the Tyrone Crystal World Globe for the Travel Agent of
the Year. For the fifth time in 17 years of the Awards,
Lisburn-based Oasis Travel was the recipient. No other travel
agency has won the award more than once – a fact which
underlines the scale of the Oasis achievement and its
consistency in providing a quality service.
Managing director Sandra Corkin said, "I'm
elated to have received this award for the fifth time in what is
an extremely competitive industry. I understand Oasis is the
only travel agent to have won this award more than once which is
a fantastic achievement for us and a testimony to the hard work
and dedication that our staff put in to consistently provide a
Now in its ninth year, the Down Royal
Festival has attracted race-goers, top jockeys, owners and
trainers from all over the British Isles and has brought
millions of pounds into the local economy.
Racecourse Manager Mike Todd received the
Tyrone Crystal trophy for the Best Event/Marketing Initiative at
the prestigious event.
A delighted Mike commented, "We are obviously
delighted that our event has won this very prestigious award. We
are also delighted with the recognition of what we have achieved
since the inception of the Festival of Racing."
He continued, "It is great that the Travel
and Tourist Industry have acknowledged the amount of people we
bring from out of state to the event and the work that we do in
showcasing Northern Ireland in world sporting events.
The achievement of Belfast International
Airport in continuing to grow its direct air services at a rapid
rate, as well as convincing Aer Lingus to set up its UK base at
Aldergove was also recognised as they were awarded the Northern
Ireland Special Achievement
Donna and Mike Todd of Down Royal
after winning the Northern Ireland marketing initiative
award for the Northern Ireland Award. Festival of Racing
at Down Royal. Included are NI Travel girls Gilly
Redpath and Hayley McDonald (I & R).