Annual Award Winners 2017

Marketing Cheshire Annual Award Winners 2017 

The winners of the 13th Marketing Cheshire Annual Tourism Awards were announced last night (23rd November 2017) at a glamourous awards ceremony at Chester Racecourse.

The Awards, attended by nearly 300 tourism representatives, celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement by local businesses and individuals representing the great variety of businesses that contribute to Cheshire’s visitor economy, which was worth £3.3 billion and employed over 42,000 people in 2016.

Some of the winners will now go on to represent Cheshire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2018.

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire, said: “Cheshire’s tourism industry really is going from strength to strength and this has been one of our most competitive years yet, reflecting our unique products and the high quality of our tourism offer across the board.

“Cheshire is home to a growing number of globally recognised tourism brands and a significant group of world class tourism professionals. These awards are a true celebration of the quality of our tourism offer and talent of the people that are working hard to make Cheshire a leading national and international visitor destination.”

This year’s awards were sponsored by South and West Cheshire College, Shopper Anonymous, Prestige, Spiral, Hipswing and the University of Chester.

2017 Award Winners:

Access for All Tourism Award:

· Just So Festival

Highly Commended: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks

Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year:

· Stage 3 Tour of Britain

Highly Commended: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks

Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel of the Year:

· Combermere Abbey Estate

Highly Commended: 80 Watergate Street

Business Tourism Award:

· Rookery Hall

Highly Commended: Crewe Hall

Family Friendly Tourism Business of the Year:

· Wild Rumpus

Highly Commended: Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Hotel of the Year:

· Carden Park

Highly Commended: Crewe Hall

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year:

· Storyhouse

Highly Commended: Chester Zoo

Outstanding Customer Service Award:

· Christian Zehren - The Park Royal

Highly Commended: Danielle Facer - The Chester Grosvenor

Self Catering Provider and Self Catering Property of the Year:

· Kerridge End Holiday Cottages

Highly Commended: Sandstone Trail Cottages

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year:

· Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Highly Commended: Freedome

Special Contribution to Tourism Award:

· Dean Paton - Big Heritage for the PokemonGo Festival

Team of the Year Award:

· Adlington Hall - Events Team

Highly Commended: The Conference and Events Team at Mottram Hall

Tourism Experience or Event of the Year:

· ARK Sculpture Exhibition at Chester Cathedral

Highly Commended: Big Heritage

Wedding Venue of the Year:

· Mottram Hall

Highly Commended: Combermere Abbey Estate