Finalists of Visit Worcestershire’s annual Tourism Awards for Excellence were invited to an opulent awards ceremony on Tuesday 29 October, held at the Chateau Impney, Droitwich.
The awards, sponsored by creative communications agency Mighty, welcomed over 80 tourism businesses from across Worcestershire ready to hear the announcement of the winners, highly commended and commended for each of the seven categories unveiled for this year’s celebrations.
The event was opened by Sharon Smith, Chief Executive at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, and James Ashe, Managing Partner of overall sponsors Mighty.
“It was great to see and meet so many of Worcestershire’s tourism businesses at today’s awards ceremony,” said James Ashe. “Being new to the county, it really showed me not only the diverse range of tourism businesses that call the region home, but the passion and pride that the people involved in them have for what they do, but also where they live, too.”
Before enjoying a delicious afternoon tea in the picturesque awards venue, attendees greeted the compère of the day, Hursty, who entertained guests with his larger-than-life personality before beginning the ceremony.
Visit Worcestershire is delighted to reveal the winners as:
B&B and Guest House of the Year
Sponsored by Sutcliffe & Co
WINNER – Sidney House
Best Eating Out Experience
Sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors
WINNER – L’amuse Bouche
Camping, Glamping, Self-Catering and Holiday Park of the Year
Sponsored by One Creative Environments Ltd
WINNER – Hanley Mill Self-Catering Holiday Cottages
Festival & Event of the Year
Sponsored by OLPRO
WINNER – Droitwich Spa Food & Drink Festival
Hotel of the Year
Sponsored by DRPG
WINNER – Stanbrook Abbey Hotel
Pub of the Year
Sponsored by mfg Solicitors
WINNER – The Fleece Inn, Bretforton
Visitor Attraction of the Year
Sponsored by Glide Media
WINNER – Little Owl Farm Park
Speaking at the awards, Hursty commented: “Having adopted Worcestershire as my new home, it was great to host something that rewards some of the great places to eat, drink and spend free time in the county. It was also brilliant to find out about some hidden gems that I’d not heard of that I can now pay a much overdue visit to.”
Emma Wheeler, Tourism Officer for Visit Worcestershire, said: “I’ve had the privilege of working alongside the wide variety of tourism businesses in the county for over 10 years now, and year upon year the quality of applicants greatly increases. All judges have commented on how difficult this year was to judge, with every finalist truly worthy of the winner’s title.”
Visit Worcestershire would like to congratulate all winners, highly commended and commended businesses in the Tourism Awards for Excellence 2019, in what has been regarded as the toughest year yet.
To view the full list of finalists, including those who won their category or were awarded highly commended or commended, please visit the Visit Worcestershire website here.
Pictured: 2019 Visit Worcestershire Award Winners