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February 01, 2016 – CIE Tours International staged their 26th annual Awards of Excellence at Dublin Castle, where 98 winners from across Ireland were presented plaques and given well deserved recognition.

2016 CIE Awards

CIE Tours brought 44,000 visitors to Ireland during the past year and generated revenues of €83 million. The prestigious awards were presented last night by CIE Chairman, Vivienne Jupp.

The category winners from around the country were chosen according to customer feedback. CIE Tours International customers were most impressed by the Slieve League Cliffs in Co. Donegal. Other attractions that highly impressed were the Cliffs of Moher, which had the most visitors, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, and the Skellig Experience, now featured in the new "Star Wars" movie, the Titanic Belfast, Waterford Crystal Factory, Trinity College's Book of Kells and the Giant's Causeway.

The Managing Director of CIE Tours International, Brian Stack, told the gathering: "Last year was another strong year when our 44,000 customers booked in the region of 350,000 bed nights. They made a major contribution to Ireland's record year for tourism when eight million tourists visited our country."

"We are pleased to say that bookings for 2016 have been going well and we are looking forward to exceeding 2015 levels of business despite external matters such as global terrorism threats and market fluctuations. The feedback which we have received from over 28,000 customers surveyed was very positive and from these our Awards of Excellence were chosen in this, the 26th year of the Awards."

"The response from our hotels and visitor attractions to the feedback we gave them has also been extremely well received-and acted upon. However, our wish list for 2016 would include the resumption of training and accreditation for tour guides and for development of urgently required hotels for the main tourism hubs, in particular Dublin," said Mr Stack.

The winners of the Awards of Excellence are chosen from an independent valuation of feedback surveys completed by over 28,000 CIE Tours International customers. The list includes both category winners as well as those who have received a merit award, which is awarded to those who have achieved over 90% in customer feedback.

Increased capacity in terms of accessing Ireland was a vital component in increasing visitor's numbers. This additional capacity has helped CIE Tours to grow their customers from other markets outside of their core market, such as Canada and Australia.


The main category Awards of Excellence went to:

Best 5 Star HotelThe Dunloe Hotel, Killarney
Best 4 Star HotelThe Brehon Hotel, Killarney
Best 3 Star HotelBenners Hotel, Dingle
Best Hotel AccommodationDromoland Castle, Co. Clare
Best Hotel DinnerFitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney
Best Hotel Service & HospitalityKee’s Hotel, Co. Donegal
Best Event Dinner/EntertainmentAn evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies, Brazen Head, Dublin
Best Dinner FeatureKilleen House Hotel, Killarney
Best Tour FeatureGlen Keen farm, Co. Mayo
Best Walking TourDon & Barry’s Kinsale Historic Stroll
Best VisitSlieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal
Best LunchDavitt’s, Kenmare
National Heritage AwardGiant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim


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About CIE Tours International

For the past 84 years, CIE Tours International has provided travelers with the highest quality vacation experience. We have held our reputation in the travel industry providing our customers with value, security, reliability, and of course quality satisfaction. Our tour directors are focused to give our passengers the opportunity to learn not only the culture and history of the destinations they are visiting, but also to experience the delights of local food, comfortable transportations, and other amenities to guarantee a first class holiday.

What makes CIE Tours unique in comparison to other tour companies is we truly listen to our customers to understand exactly what they want. All of our tours provide a variety of activities and exciting new attractions; bringing our travelers more options than ever before. All CIE Tours travel programs are protected by the company's $550+ Advantage, a no-fee benefit guaranteeing that travelers are never charged for special features considered optional extras with other tour companies.

CIE Tours International knows what it takes to ensure a great vacation experience. For additional information, please call 1-800-243-8687, or visit

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For more information regarding this press release and other news about CIE Tours please contact:

Mallory Spierer
Public Relations & Customer Service Assistant
CIE Tours International, Inc.
Morristown, NJ 07962
+1(973) 292 3899 x 5762

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