Cotswold Tourism, a partnership of local tourism businesses and destinations, has announced the winners of its coveted 2013 Tourism Awards, with a host of Gloucestershire businesses scooping accolades.
Judging is reported to have been based on visits, secret shopper reports and the views of experts and tourism enthusiasts who considered each category before awarding gold, silver and bronze awards.
Plus, this year’s awards have also been aligned with VisitEngland’s national awards, so Cotswold Tourism gold winners will go forward for ‘best in England’ consideration.
Categories included Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation, Large Hotel, Small hotel, Self Catering Holiday Provider, Caravan Holiday Park/ Holiday Village, Large Visitor Attraction, Small Visitor Attraction, Tourism Experience, Tourism Pub, Business Tourism Award, Visitor Information provider, Taste of England, Access for All Tourism Award and Sustainable Tourism Award.
Some of SoGlos’s highlights include:
‘Very good hotels have a way of becoming part of the local community as well as being a great place for visitors. Montpellier Chapter has achieved this in Cheltenham’, organisers said.
‘East House B&B covers the essentials of friendliness and cleanliness perfectly but has additional touches that raise it to most excellent. An optional pianola performance is available for guests and is just one addition to the unique character of East House.’
‘Calcot Manor is recognised across the Cotswolds tourism industry as a terrifically well-run business. In a tough year, the hotel has remained busy through investment, careful marketing and an offer that embraces one of the country’s best spas, an OFSTED registered crèche and fine or pub dining.’
‘Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton in Marsh has invested in a new garden shop, plant centre and café, designed with real style to reflect the collection’s trees and shrubs from Asia.’
‘Scratch Gloucestershire and find Rome’ goes the saying and Cirencester’s Corinium Museum is an absolute treasure house of Roman history in Britain. We think that our museums are one of England’s greatest assets and the Corinium Museum should be praised for the quality of its collection and presentation.’
‘The Cotswold Olympick, cited in London’s bid for the 2012 games, is a great example of a ‘genuine’ event run with pride and passion by local people. The event celebrated 400 years in 2012 and the organising committee dealt with worldwide press interest with humour and patience, whilst being delighted to see the success of the newer event (i.e. the Modern Olympiad) in London.’
Friday 21 December 2012
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