Wexford Hotel Wins Overall Gulliver Ireland Award
The Gulliver Ireland Tourism Accommodation Awards 2008 winners were announced today 14th of May 2009 with the overall award won by the Ferrycarrig Hotel in Co. Wexford.
The Judging Panel selected the Wexford hotel for its exceptional online marketing performance through the Gulliver booking system and other online channels.
The awards, which are in their fifth year, recognise online marketing excellence carried out by hotel, guesthouse, B&B and self-catering properties around the country through their partnership with Gulliver Ireland.
All Gulliver Ireland properties were evaluated on the basis of their online sales management, which included criteria such as room availability, allocation, competitive pricing and property information.
Speaking at today's announcement, Dr Stewart Stephens, Managing Director of Gulliver Ireland, said, "This is a difficult time for the tourism industry. We can't stress enough the importance for maintaining the strongest possible online presence by tourism properties. Good availability and competitive rates are fundamental to maximising their booking potential. The GoIreland.com website is a first-class online platform for accommodation providers to secure premium exposure to the domestic and overseas markets."
"This year's award winners clearly demonstrated a profound understanding of the importance of online marketing not only by using the Internet but also through their presentation on GoIreland.com."
There were four awards categories in each of the seven tourism regions. An award was made to the best hotel, guesthouse, B&B and self-catering property in each region. A separate award was presented to the property with the best GoIreland.com enhanced listing.
Overall Winner: Hotel - Ferrycarrig Hotel, Ferrycarrig, Co.Wexford
GoIreland.com Best Enhanced Listing: Downings Coastguard Cottages, Downings, Co. Donegal
Dublin Tourism - Dublin
Hotel - Maples House Hotel, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Guesthouse - The Forge, Saggart, Co. Dublin
B&B - Biscayne House, Malahide, Dublin
Self-catering - The Moorings, Fitzwilliam Quay, Dublin 4
South West Region
Hotel - Maryborough Hotel and Spa, Douglas, Cork City
Guesthouse - Gleann Fia Country House, Killarney, Co. Kerry
B&B - Summer Hill B&B, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Self-catering - Parkland Holiday Homes, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Hotel - Clarion Hotel Suites, Ennis Road, Limerick
Guesthouse - Clifton House, Ennis Road, Limerick
B&B - Annaly, Craggagh, Co. Clare
Self-catering - Ballyhoura Cottage, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick
South East Region
Hotel - Ferrycarrig Hotel, Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford
Guesthouse - Faythe Guesthouse, Wexford Town
B&B - Fern Hill, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Self-catering - Grange Court Holiday Cottages, Fethard On Sea, Co. Wexford
North West Region
Hotel - An Chuirt, Gweedore Court Hotel, Gweedore, Co. Donegal
Guesthouse - Atlantic, Donegal Town
B&B - Fycorranagh House Bed And Breakfast, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Self-catering - Clarion House, Ballytivnan, Co. Sligo
Midlands East Region
Hotel - Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort, Trim, Co. Meath
Guesthouse - Sea Dew Guesthouse, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
B&B - Loughdan House, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow
Self-catering - Robertstown Holiday Village, Naas, Co. Kildare
Ireland West Region
Hotel - The Western Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway
Guesthouse - Ard Einne, Aran Islands, Co. Galway
B&B - The Periwinkle, Grattan Road, Co. Galway
Self-catering - 5 Paradise Found, Westport, Co. Mayo