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Northern Ireland caravan park wins major award

Caravan taps owners will be delighted to hear that a caravan park in Northern Ireland has become the first caravan site in the country to win the 2010 AA Campsite of the Year award for Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to the Ballymoney & Moyle Times.

Ballyness has been classified as 5-star status by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB).

Arlene Foster, tourism minister, praised Ballyness Caravan Park, in Bushmills, for achieving the accolade.

The news provider reported Ms Foster telling the park's owners, David and Olive Dunlop, that the award was in recognition of the excellent services the site provides.

"Ballyness is a first-class caravan park with outstanding facilities and wonderful views across the county Antrim countryside. The AA Campsite of the Year award recognises the excellent services provided by Ballyness and demonstrates the quality of Northern Ireland's tourism offering to a wide audience across the UK."

The minister went on to say that figures released by the NITB show that the number of domestic trips taken by Northern Ireland residents increased by 34 per cent in 2009 when compared to the previous year.

Ballyness has also been awarded a Fair Trader Award, the Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award (nine times), and was named the AA 5 Pennants Premier Park.