Fota Wildlife wins Best Tourism & Travel Website… and also takes the Eircom Spiders Grand Prix

Which, by one measure at least, means we built this year’s best Irish website. Wow.

Fota Wildlife Park wins the Eircom Spider Grand Prix Award 2010 - woohoo!

But that’s just the icing on the cake, it’s always been an honour to be the company who built the Fota Wildlife website. We’ve had some inspirational clients over the past number of years – and Fota are definitely on that list. They’re outstanding to work with, forward thinking – and a really nice bunch of people! So huge congratulations to everybody over there on winning the two awards!

The sms text I got from Fota’s marketing manager Stephen Ryan after Fota Wildlife were announced as Grand Prix winners was “I’m in shock I nearly fell off my chair”. Well congratulations Stephen – a fully deserved award for all your effort in keeping the site and associated social networks current, lively and active!

From our side, I’d like to give credit to the super-talented web developer Eoghan O’Brien for doing trojan work on the website and also thank Alan Morkan for his moral support (we’ll get an e-commerce site nominated next year Alan!).

Here’s the opinion of the Grand Prix judges:

Well developed, rich in content, visually appealing with good navigation. The site makes good use of images and interactive tools, building up a strong relationship with its users. It has also grown a strong online community encouraging repeat visits. There is also good integration with social media tools which are constantly updated and always have something new to offer.

That’s pretty cool! Actually that’s really cool, the brief from day one was all about ‘building the community’.

Well now that there’s a reputation to maintain – let’s get to work!