Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin has picked up the award for best “Tourism Service” at the 2011 Derry Business Awards.
The state of the art Irish language centre, which opened in 2009, was singled out for enhancing the visitor experience and integrating with other tourism products.
The judges were particularly impressed with An Chultúrlann’s efforts at complimenting the tourism offer in the city and improving the image of the city as a whole.
Anne-Marie Gallagher, Marketing Officer at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, said the Irish language was becoming a key tourism driver: “The Irish language and culture is something that makes our region unique and that is what tourists are looking for when they plan a visit. Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin has developed a tourist package “Fáilte Dhoire” which is aimed at these type of cultural tourists to the city.
“Through this package we have been able to tie all the elements of Irish culture that we offer into a single product for visitors to the city and work with other tourist providers to diffuse interest in the excellent tourist product available throughout the city. Our goal is to provide the ‘wow factor’ for visitors so that they leave excited, engaged and hungry for more information.”
An Chultúrlann is also a key partner in the drive to bring a number of high profile national and international festivals to the city including Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 - which would attract 250,000 visitors to the city and bring £30m to the local economy - Oireachtas na Gaeilge and The Pan Celtic Festival.
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin offer a wide range of services to local people and visitors. For more information, call 02871 264132 or visit www.culturlann-doire.ie