The winners of the 2015 Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence have been announced at the Destination Worcestershire Annual Tourism Conference at St Andrews Town Hotel in Droitwich.
Over a hundred people attended the event from tourism businesses across Worcestershire. Delegates heard from Lady Cobham CBE, Chairman of VisitEngland, Stephen Badham, Senior Production Liaison Manager at Creative England and Gary Woodman, Executive Director at Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. Lady Cobham inspired the audience by speaking about the importance of tourism to the economy and future opportunities for the sector, as well as commending Worcestershire as a tourist destination.
The winners of the awards are as follows:
Best Business Tourism Award – sponsored by Modus Creative
Three Counties, Malvern
Best Sustainable Tourism Award – sponsored by Worcester Warriors
Pump House Environment Centre, Worcester
Best Tastes of Worcestershire Award – sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors
Churchfields Farm, Droitwich
Best Tourism Experience – sponsored by Heart of Worcestershire College
Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster
Best Festival and Event – sponsored by Mercian Events
RHS Malvern Spring Show, Malvern
Best Bed & Breakfast Award – sponsored by SME Solicitors
The Court House, Shelsley Walsh
Best Self Catering Award – sponsored by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
Hop Pickers Rural Retreats, Worcester
Best Hotel Award – sponsored by hotelshopuk Ltd
Brockencote Hall Hotel, Chaddesley Corbett
The winners and those that were highly commended will automatically be entered for the 2016 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence where they will have the opportunity of achieving national recognition.
Graham Spence, Director of Worcestershire Ambassadors commented: “The Awards this year were a brilliant event and a great opportunity to celebrate one of the county’s biggest industries, tourism. Some fantastic businesses were represented and these businesses help make Worcestershire the wonderful place it is to work, live and visit. We were particularly proud to sponsor the Best Tastes of Worcestershire Award, won by Churchfields Farm: congratulations to Churchfields and all the winners”.