Gloucester Services on the M5 was crowned Destination Innovation at the first ever Independent Travel Awards, organised by The Independent newspaper to recognise the best in the industry.
Family-run Gloucester Services beat off competition from Dreamland in Margate and Attabad Lake Tunnel in Pakistan to be named winner in the category which recognises extraordinary places, with the judging panel describing the unique service station as the ‘Glastonbury of road stops.’
With stops on both the Northbound and Southbound M5, visitors to Gloucestershire and locals alike have the chance to stock up on produce from 200 producers across the south west while on the move.
CEO Sarah Dunning said: ‘We are thrilled to win this award. We have worked so hard to make our services a peaceful, rejuvenating and surprising visit, the opposite of what one would expect. It is all possible thanks to the fantastic local food and the community we work with. Our Destination Innovation award confirms that travellers can expect an extraordinary experience when they visit our services.’
Gloucester Services is also the first and only motorway services in the country to give money back to the local community by donating a percentage of its revenue to its charity arm, the Gloucester Gateway Trust, along with employing over 400 people from the area.
Tuesday 20 October 2015
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