VisitEngland reveals Winners of Awards for Excellence 2015

12 May 2015

The winners of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 were revealed at its annual ceremony, held last night at the spectacular Sage Gateshead. Celebrating excellence across the tourism industry, 17 winners including Best Small Hotel, Tourism Pub of the Year, Best Visitor Attraction and Tourism Event of the Year were announced.

Lancashire's Fabulous Five received –

  • Vintage by the Sea – The Midland Morecambe – Highly Commended Tourism Event of the Year
  • The Parkers Arms, Newton in Bowland – Highly Commended Taste of England Award
  • Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe – Gold Award Tourism Pub of the Year
  • St Annes Beach Huts – Highly Commended Tourism Experience of the Year
  • Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool – Silver Award Access for All Tourism Award

Please see below for full list of winners.

Two special awards celebrating individual excellence; Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and Tourism Superstar (run by VisitEngland in partnership with the Daily Mirror) were amongst the winners. ‘The Chefs of England’ were awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award. England has a growing reputation for quality food being served across the country; enticing visitors from both home and abroad. With such a huge choice of fantastic restaurants, pubs and hotels offering high calibre food, the award honoured the impact good food has on English tourism. Accepting the award on behalf of ‘The Chefs of England’ was Hrishikesh Desai, winner of Chefs on Trial, the popular BBC2 TV series featuring hotel expert Alex Polizzi. Hrishikesh beat off stiff competition to be crowned Executive Head Chef at The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, an exclusive country house hotel in the Lake District.

Recognised for winning Tourism Superstar 2015 earlier this year, Matthew Henderson from Beamish Museum in County Durham accepted his award on the evening. Receiving 36% of the total votes cast, Matthew was presented with his accolade by Nigel Thompson, Daily Mirror’s Travel Editor. Over 21,400 votes were generated in total for this award – a record since the competition started in 2012. The Tourism Superstar recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry; who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience.

VisitEngland Chairman, Lady Cobham CBE, said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence – this year hosted at the wonderful Sage Gateshead – celebrate the very best in English tourism. It is the highest accolade and recognises the true champions of our industry, as well as the top quality visitor experiences we are fortunate to have on offer in England. The competition is of an increasingly high standard and so I offer my sincere congratulations to all our winners on this tremendous achievement, particularly the Gold Award winners for their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country.”

2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence  – Gold Winners

Tourism Event of the Year

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Small Hotel of the Year

Business Tourism Award

Taste of England Award

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Tourism Pub of the Year

Tourism Experience of the Year

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Large Hotel of the Year

Sustainable Tourism Award

Access for All Tourism Award

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