|Established in 1997 Irish Tour Guides has fast become a premier independent provider of tourist guides and information in Ireland. The company has recently expanded to cater for a wider variety of services on offer from city and country tours to accommodation, attraction and dining information.|
Minister John McGuinness T.D. presenting Martin McCrossan with the Gold Award for best tour feature in Ireland at Dublin Castle on 26th February 2008, also pictured (right) is Brian Stack, MD CIE Tours.
Martin McCrossan is one of the longest established guides in Derry/Londonderry, all his guides are personally trained by him and are of the highest standard. His Tours have won a huge number of awards and have been listed as one of the best tours available in the island of Ireland.
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Hollywood superstar Will Ferrell pictured with Martin McCrossan tourguide when he visited the city in January 08. Will took a walking tour with Martin and said he was highly impressed with all the city had to offer.
Martin McCrossan has scooped the coveted best tour feature award at the National Tourism Awards for Excellence this week. The Gold Award was presented to Martin at a reception in Dublin Castle by John McGuiness TD Minister of Education, Learning and Employment. Among those present where many of the luminaries in the Irish tourism industry from both sides of the border.
The National Tourism Awards of Excellence are now in their 18th year and are presented annually by CIE Tours to recognise excellence in all aspects of Irish tourism. The winners are chosen from independent evaluations given by international customers. The importance of this award going to Martin McCrossan was hugely significant as it beat off stiff competition from tours and providers throughout the whole of Ireland.
After receiving his award McCrossan said he was both honoured and delighted that his tour has been recognised at the tourism award ceremony as the Best Tour Feature available in Ireland as voted by their international customers. "Getting National recognition like this will certainly help put City Tours on the map and it is also a great vote of confidence in Derry and the North West. People are generally very interested to learn about our history and now like to visit the places they remembered hearing about on the news. getting the visitors to come here has been an uphill struggle." He admits " but once we get the here we make sure they have such a good time that they will want to come back time and time again. We are conscious that everyone doing a tour with us is a potential ambassador for the city, a lot of our business is word of mouth so it`s very important for us that all the visitors go back home with memories of a visit which has been memorable for all the right reasons."
|Derry City Tours, operated
by Martin McCrossan and his wife Sharon who both hail from Derry and from
different cultural and religious backgrounds, is able to offer a balanced
overview of the social, cultural and religious history, past and present,
of this beautiful and ancient country. Martin and Sharon also operate tours
throughout the North-West, including the world famous Giant's Causeway coast
in Co. Antrim and the Donegal countryside in the Republic of Ireland.
Martin with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
||Some of the people who have used the services of City Tours, Mitchell Reiss (President Bush's Peace Envoy), William Farish lll, (American Ambassador to London), Dean Pittman (Consolate General of the United States), Mervyn King(Governor of the Bank of England), Lawrence Crowdy (Governor of the Bank of Ireland).|
|Martin with Home Secretary & Labour MP, John Reid on Derry City walls.||
The company prides itself in the high standard of local knowledge offered by the tour guides who are trained to a national standard and who are only too willing to give a bit of the old 'Blarney' on local legends and customs long since gone.
Take a further look at the variety of services provided by Martin and Sharon from a local musical pub crawl to a trip on the river Foyle or make believe you are standing on the Giant's step stones or on a mountain in Inishowen. Whenever you visit Ireland you are sure to meet a cordial and dedicated staff in Derry City Tours ready and willing to share with you the friendliness of a Irish welcome.
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