2013 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards Winners
Winners are announced for the first Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.
Destination Staffordshire and the tourism industry have celebrated the best in business this year, with standout winners including Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, and Colton House, Rugeley.
Announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 4th November at the Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, the first ever Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards celebrated best in class businesses who help to boost tourism and promote excellence across a wealth of attractions and accommodation providers to position Staffordshire as a leading short break destination.
Independently run B&B, Colton House, received two gold awards for 'Guest Accommodation of the Year' and 'Sustainable Tourism', whilst Drayton Manor Theme Park also matched this with success in the 'Access for All' and 'Best Tourism Experience' categories.
Other winners on the day included the Staffordshire Hoard: Dark Age Discovery exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery for 'Best Tourism Event', Weston Park for 'Taste of Staffordshire Tourism Award' and Tamworth Tourist Information Centre for 'Visitor Information Provider of the Year'. Plus, in the accommodation categories, Alton Towers Resort topped the chart for 'Large Hotel of the Year' and Swinfen Hall Hotel for 'Small Hotel of the Year'.
The awards were independently judged and verified by Service Science. Entrants were reviewed and marked on their commitment to delivering excellent customer service, training and skills for employees, sustainability and environment; along with the entrants' proactivity and dedication to best practice, quality of service and product.
The Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards also had people's choice categories which included 'Large Visitor Attraction of the Year', 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' and 'Tourism Pub of the Year', where The Trentham Estate, Gladstone Pottery Museum and the Lymestone Vaults, Newcastle-under-Lyme each won respectively.
Dr. David Bryon, former Managing Director of bmibaby, was invited as guest speaker and entertained guests with his quirky anecdotes and great experience in leading the largest budget airline in Europe.
Mark Kerrigan, Chair of Destination Staffordshire, said: "We have been looking into developing our own county wide tourism awards for some time now and we are pleased with the results and success of our first year. The awards have attracted entries from a whole host of businesses which all play their part in making Staffordshire a leading short break destination.
"I would like to congratulate all those involved in the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards and those businesses who took part. All winners and runners up from today's categories will now go through to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2014, where Staffordshire businesses will compete against other providers to put Staffordshire on the UK tourism stage."
Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards 2013 - Winners and Runners-up
Access for All Tourism Award
Drayton Manor Theme Park (Gold)
Business Tourism Award
Hilton Hotels at St. George’s Park (Silver)
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Conference Bureau (Highly Commended)
Best Tourism Event
Staffordshire Hoard: Dark Age Discovery at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (Gold)
Stafford Festival Shakespeare at Stafford Castle (Silver)
ScreamFest at the National Forest Adventure Farm (Highly Commended)
Best Tourism Experience
Go Ape, Cannock Chase (Silver)
Driveme.net, Stafford (Highly Commended)
Small Hotel of the Year
Sustainable Tourism Award
Colton House, Rugeley (Gold)
The Shugborough Estate (Silver)
Drayton Manor Theme Park (Highly Commended)
Visitor Information Provider of the Year
Taste of Staffordshire Tourism Award
Banqueting at Weston Park (Gold)
Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe (Silver)
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Public Vote
The Trentham Estate (Gold)
The Shugborough Estate (Silver)
Trentham Monkey Forest (Highly Commended)
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – Public Vote
Gladstone Pottery Museum (Gold)
Emma Bridgewater Factory and Shop (Silver)
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Wolseley Centre (Highly Commended)
Tourism Pub of the Year – Public Vote
Dog and Doublet, Sandon (Silver)
The King's Head, Lichfield (Highly Commended)