The winners have been announced for this year’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards sponsored by NFU Mutual Clifton and Wrington.
The best tourism businesses from Bristol, Bath and Somerset joined together last night at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel to celebrate their success. Laura Rawlings hosted this prestigious event with guest speakers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, from multi award winning eat:Festivals. Shakspeare Glass hand-made 82 beautiful awards which were presented to the winners by Bristol based natural history photographer and documentary film maker Doug Allan. Gold winners also received a bottle of Northmoor Gin from Exmoor Distillery.
Michael Raywood from NFU Mutual Clifton and Wrington says "as specialists in the Hospitality Sector we are proud to be the headline sponsor of the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Awards and would like to congratulate all the winners who celebrated in such style last night."
Awards organiser Nell Barrington said “It has been such a privilege to celebrate with these talented tourism businesses that are showcasing the excellent tourism offer we have in Somerset, Bristol and Bath, congratulations to them all.”
The awards work with destination partners from across the county who said:
“Awards events are an important part of our year and we had a great time celebrating with all the winners at the Bristol Marriott. Collectively we have had a very good year, we all look forward with optimism to the future, there is so much untapped potential." John Hirst, CEO, VisitBristol.
“Visit Exmoor are proud to once again be sponsoring an award for this fantastic event that supports our tourism and highlights the very best that Somerset and Exmoor have to offer. We congratulate all of the amazing winners." Emma Thomasson, Director of Strategy and Operations. Visit Exmoor.
John Turner, CEO of Visit Somerset, said: "Quality and innovation are essential to our industry if we are going to keep ahead of the competition and exceed our visitors' expectations. It is a real privilege to be here to celebrate with these worthy winners and fine ambassadors of our beautiful part of the world."
“A huge congratulations to all award winners and finalists. There is clearly a huge amount of talent in the tourism and hospitality industry in the area, as demonstrated by the quality of those businesses who have been recognised this evening. This is a thriving and growing industry, contributing significantly to the local economy, and one which I am proud to be part of." Kathryn Davis, Interim CEO VisitBath.
For a full list of winners and commended entrants click here.
To see photos of the awards ceremony click here.
For a list of all the sponsors who presented the awards alongside Doug Allan (on the left) click here.
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