Tourism Award for Chester Mystery Plays 2018
The winners of the 14th Marketing Cheshire Annual Tourism Awards were announced last night (13th September) at a glittering awards ceremony at Chester’s Carden Park Hotel, hosted by Heart Radio’s Angela Jay.
The Awards, attended by over 300 guests representing attractions, hotels and businesses across the county, celebrated excellence and outstanding achievement in Cheshire tourism.These businesses are part of Cheshire’s booming tourist economy, which according to latest figures, is worth over £3.5 billion and employs over 36,000 people.
The 2018 winners of Marketing Cheshire’s Annual Awards are:
Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year: Storyhouse Royal Visit
Hotel of the Year: Cottons Hotel & Spa
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Anderton Boat Lift
Restaurant of the Year: Chef’s Table
Tourism Experience or Event of the Year: Field to Fork, Tatton Park Farm
Wedding Venue of the Year: Carden Park
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Cheshire Falconry
Team of the Year: The Champagne Bar Team, Mottram Hall
Boutique Accommodation & Small Hotel of the Year: Oddfellows
Business Tourism Award: Crewe Hall
Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year: The Hollies Forest Lodges
Self-Catering Property of the Year: Yew Tree Farm Holidays
Sustainable Tourism Award: Just So Festival
Dog Friendly Business of the Year: National Waterways Museum
Family Friendly Tourism Business of the Year: Russian Style Crepes
Special Contribution to Tourism Award: Katrina Michel, outgoing CEO of Marketing Cheshire
Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year: Highly Commended – Chester Mystery Plays 2018
Hotel of the Year: Highly Commended – ABode Chester
Restaurant of the Year: Highly Commended - The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
Sustainable Tourism Award: Highly Commended – Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Team of the Year: Highly Commended – The Breakfast Team, Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port
Tourism Experience or Event of the Year: Highly Commended – The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show
Katrina Michel, out-going Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire and winner of this year’s Special Contribution to Tourism Award, said: “Cheshire has an extraordinary range of sites,attractions and accommodation that inspire tourists to visit from home and abroad. Importantly it also has world class tourist professionals with the creativity, hard work and flair to bring it all to life. This winning combination is reflected in seven years of consecutive growth in Cheshire’s tourism industry, which is an enormous achievement.
“I am enormously proud to have worked at the helm of Marketing Cheshire for five years andI know that the county’s tourism will continue to go from strength to strength. There is lots of competition but with money, integrated thinking and the chance to bring to life just a fraction of the creative ideas, I have absolutely no doubt that Cheshire’s tourism is up to this challenge.”
This year the event’s sponsors include headline sponsors, Quality in Tourism as well as individual Award sponsors - PEAR Communications, University of Chester, Prestige, Crofton Print, Hipswing, Zest for Life and Bolesworth Estate.
During the evening, the Awards Ceremony riffed on the theme of ‘Peaky Blinders’ which was filmed in Cheshire - including a fun Peaky Blinders-style casino and a Peaky Blinder lookalike character. Celebrations continued into the night with guests dancing to Cheshire band, Soul Revolver.
For further information, please contact: Fiona Young on 01244 851867