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Museum of Time nominated for International award

Waterford's Irish Museum of Time has been nominated for the British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism Awards 2022.

Established in 1960, the Guild is a rubber stamp of quality and the UK's leading organistaion of travel media professionals. The name stands for reliability and respectability in the competitive world of travel journalism.

The Guild has 270 members and only they can nominate tourist attractions and destinations for the annual awards. Award-winning global travel writer and member, Isabel Conway, chose to nominate The Irish Museum of Time after visiting it earlier this summer.

In her nomination, she described the museum as being "rare and beautiful old clocks and timepieces, from all over Ireland and around the globe displayed in a swirl of dials, chimes, and beautiful craftsmanship."

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She also included details of the museum's contributions to the local economy, how it was funded by philanthropy and has created jobs, along with driving further visitor numbers to the other museums because of the ‘Freedom of Waterford’ all-in-one museum ticket.

The Irish Museum of Time will now move to the next stage of the awards which involves guild members voting on the attractions that move forward to the shortlisting stage and then the finalist stage.

In order to be part of the Guild, members must complete an annual audit to retain their membership.

The British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism Awards finale is held in London every year on the eve of the World Travel Market in November, which is the largest global gathering for the tourism and hospitality industry.

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"It is a huge honour for us to even just be nominated for these global awards. We understand that we are currently the only visitor attraction in Ireland to receive a nomination this year," Waterford Treasures Director, Eamonn McEneaney, said.

The Irish Museum of Time opened to visitors in 2021 and it is the fifth museum as part of the Waterford Treasures collection in Waterford. For more information, see the Waterford Treasures website.

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