Stars of north's hospitality industry shine at awards event

BBC's Barra Best, UTV's Pamela Ballantine and Institute of Hospitality chairman Michael Cafolla unveil finalists in theInstitute of Hospitality Awards

IT was a glittering event for star-spotters when entrants to the 22nd Institute of Hospitality NI Awards gathered at a stylish reception at the Bullitt Hotel in Belfast to officially announce this year’s awards finalists.


Formally known as the Janus Awards, the Institute of Hospitality NI annually recognises the most dedicated and passionate professionals working across Northern Ireland’s ever-expanding hospitality industry.


The body's chairman Michael Cafolla said: “We are always delighted to see so many nominees for employees in the hospitality industry who take pride in achieving a world-class level of professionalism and customer service. The primary reason for the Institute of Hospitality Awards is to celebrate and recognise their professionalism.


“Every year the awards grow in popularity, and the standards keep getting higher and higher. Now in their 22nd year, these awards are an excellent barometer of the health of the thriving hospitality industry in Northern Ireland.


“Because these awards recognise and celebrate the consistent commitment to quality, style and innovation, it’s appropriate this year they are supported by world-renowned, Kildare-based Newbridge Silverware.”


To celebrate the recent opening of the first Newbridge Silverware store in Northern Ireland, located at Arthur Street in Belfast, the company is providing the trophies for this year’s awards gala to be held in Titanic Belfast on May 5.

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