Record number of applicants for Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards 2015
The 2015 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards is set to be hotly contested after a record number of entries were received.
The competition, that celebrates the best of the tourism industry in Staffordshire, is the third annual event and will be held on November 16th at Drayton Manor Park.
In total 94 nominations were received from businesses and organisations across the county – the highest figure since the awards began in 2013.
Those nominated will battle it out among 17 categories ranging from Best Tourism Event of the Year to Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.
Councillor Mark Winnington, deputy chair of Destination Staffordshire and Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, said: “We are thrilled with the number of nominations for the Enjoy Staffordshire Awards 2015. Each year we have more and more people applying and it is great news for the tourism industry in Staffordshire.
“By having such healthy competition for the awards it is sure to drive up standards in the county and of course there is the bonus of businesses and organisations being recognised in their sector.
“We have seen a number of our winners from last year going on to gain national recognition and hopefully this year we can see even more.”
Three awards are up for grabs per category including gold, silver and highly commended.
Those awarded gold and silver are automatically put forward for the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
Earlier this year Colton House in Colton, near Rugeley, was named overall winner at the VisitEngland Awards taking Gold in the Best Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year category.
The guest house which was also shortlisted for the Sustainable Tourism Award achieved a Highly Commended prize as well.
Ron Lawrence, owner of Colton House, said: “Winning the Best Guest Accommodation in Staffordshire two years running has been good for the business and allowed us to go on and win the Best Guest Accommodation in England.
“It has raised the profile of the business and it is an award we hope to win again.”
Also representing Staffordshire at the VisitEngland Awards were Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent which received Bronze in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category while Simply Staffordshire in Denstone, near Uttoxeter was Highly Commended in the Visitor Information of the Year section.
The Enjoy Staffordshire event at Drayton Manor Park will have a 1950’s theme to mark the theme park’s 65th anniversary.
People will be able to follow the event on Twitter with hashtag #enjoystaffsawards