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TOURISM AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Date: 21/09/2017

Finalists of Visit Herefordshire and Visit Worcestershire’s Tourism Awards for Excellence attended an exclusive Awards Ceremony held at Malvern Theatres on Tuesday 19 September.

Over 130 people from tourism businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire gathered to hear the announcement of the Winners, Highly Commended and Commended of each of the 11 categories available for 2017.

The addition of Best Drinks Producers for this year’s competition allowed businesses to apply for; Best Hotel, Best Guest Accommodation, Best Self Catering, Best Conference Venue, Best Eating Out, Best Food Producer, Best Drinks Producer, Best Visitor Attraction, Best Touring, Camping and Holiday Park, Best Festival and Events (Community) and Best Festival and Events (Commercial).

The 62 finalists from the two counties were greeted by representatives from Visit Herefordshire, Visit Worcestershire and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce at Malvern Theatres before taking their seats in the Forum Theatre.

The event was hosted by John Challis, best known for his role in the hit BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses. Attendees also heard from Cassie Bray, Director of Business Engagement at the Chamber, and overall sponsors Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Pear Communications.

Speaking at the event, John Challis said: “It’s been a great honour to help present the Visit Herefordshire and Visit Worcestershire Tourism Awards for Excellence. It has been a terrific afternoon here at the Malvern Theatres, and it was brilliant to see so many people there who have done so much to help tourism here in both the counties.”

The Worcestershire Winners are:

Best Touring, Camping and Holiday sponsored by Olpro – Canvas & Clover
Best Conference Venue sponsored by Worcestershire Business Central – Stanbrook Abbey
Best Self Catering sponsored by AA Quality Assessment Scheme – Hop Pickers Rural Retreats
Best Guest Accommodation sponsored by Rural Concierge ­– Eckington Manor
Best Hotel sponsored by Events With The Edge – Brockencote Hall Hotel
Best Visitor Attraction sponsored by Glide Media ­– Severn Valley Railway
Best Eating Out sponsored by Hale Events ­– Cotford Hotel
Best Food Producer sponsored by mfg Solicitors – Churchfields Farm Ice Cream
Best Drink Producer sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors – Oldfields Cider
Best Festival & Events (Commercial) sponsored by SimpliWiFi – RHS Malvern Spring Festival
Best Festival & Events (Community) sponsored by JNIT Consultancy Ltd – Droitwich Spa Food & Drink Festival

The Herefordshire Winners are:

Best Touring, Camping and Holiday sponsored by Olpro – Poston Mill Park
Best Conference Venue sponsored by Worcestershire Business Central – The Courtyard Centre for Arts
Best Self Catering sponsored by AA Quality Assessment Scheme – Lodges at the Baiting House
Best Guest Accommodation sponsored by Rural Concierge ­– Buzzard House
Best Hotel sponsored by Events With The Edge – Castle House Hotel
Best Visitor Attraction sponsored by Glide Media ­– Whitney Bridge
Best Eating Out sponsored by Hale Events ­– Riverside Inn
Best Food Producer sponsored by mfg Solicitors – Peter Cooks Bread
Best Drink Producer sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors – Gun Dog Gin
Best Festival & Events (Commercial) sponsored by SimpliWiFi – Borderlines Film Festival
Best Festival & Events (Community) sponsored by JNIT Consultancy Ltd – Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ross Calladine, Head of Business Support at VisitEngland, said: “The awards are a fantastic showcase of the outstanding range and quality of tourism products and services and visitor experiences across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and I congratulate all of today’s finalists and award-winners.”

Whitney Bridge, Winner of Best Visitor Attraction for Herefordshire, said: “We are completely delighted that Whitney Bridge won the award for Best Visitor Attraction 2017 for Herefordshire. We have been here since 2012 and have worked hard to prove that our little 240 year old Grade 2 listed beautiful wooden bridge is not just a Toll Bridge, but a delightful area for people to enjoy a picnic, swim, walk, camp, canoe or just sit with a coffee or ice cream, just to contemplate life whilst watching our resident kingfishers, otters, swans and salmon all busying themselves!”

Churchfields Farm Ice Cream, Winner of Best Food Producer for Worcestershire, said: “We are delighted to have won the Best Food Producer for Visit Worcestershire’s Tourism Awards for Excellence 2017.
“Churchfields Farm has worked very hard this year producing hand crafted, artisan ice cream and salted butter, and we are pleased to be recognised for our Achievement.”

A full list of finalists for both counties, including those who achieved Highly Commended and Commended, is available at www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/awards and www.visitworcestershire.org/awards