East Antrim MLA Alastair Ross has welcomed an accolade for the delivery of the Giro d’Italia in May.
The team responsible was recognised at the UTV Business Eye awards at the Culloden Hotel this week.
Mr Ross who travelled to Italy in 2012 to explore the possibility of Northern Ireland hosting the event, said: “The Giro d’Italia was possibly the biggest and most successful event we have hosted in Northern Ireland.
“It was made such a success by the thousands of people from right across Northern Ireland who lined the route on the opening three stages of the event and gave the Giro the best possible start to this year’s race.
“Nobody will forget the scenes from East Antrim, whether it was in Carnlough as horses galloped alongside the cyclists, the pink electricity pylons or pink sheep and the thousands of people who lined the streets through Larne, Carrick and Newtownabbey despite the inclement weather.
“I am delighted that the work by DETI, NITB and Visit Belfast has been recognised by the UTV Business Eye Awards.”