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11 Mar 2015

Tourism Ireland wins top award for Best Learning Organisation – Medium Enterprises

Tourism Ireland has won the top award for Best Learning Organisation – Medium Enterprises, at the IITD (Irish Institute of Training & Development) National Training Awards 2015.

The awards were presented by Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas. Tourism Ireland also got an outstanding achievement award for Best Learning & Development Initiatives (Best Consultancy Partnership) – for its TAMS (trade account management system), which was set up to bring a more strategic approach to the organisation’s engagement with tour operators across the world.

Commenting on what made Tourism Ireland stand out as a winner, Sinéad Heneghan, CEO of the IITD, stated: “This organisation sets a very high bar for standards, with a strong focus on talent management and aligning people with organisational values and culture to help achieve strategic objectives.”

Now in their 17th year, the IITD National Training Awards are considered the premier awards in Ireland for training and people development. Entries are judged on criteria which includes the level of resources and investment relative to the size of the organisation; innovation in the delivery of training and development; and evidence of the sustainability of learning initiatives, programme design and evaluation of outcomes from training and development activity.
  Tourism Ireland team at the IITD National Training Awards 2015.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
  • In 2014, we welcomed an estimated 8.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.26 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, attracted about 14.25 million visitors.