18 September 2018
The winners of the 14th Marketing Cheshire Annual Tourism Awards were announced last week (13th September) at a glittering awards ceremony at Chester’s Carden Park Hotel, hosted by Heart Radio’s Angela Jay. The Awards, attended by over 300 guests representing attractions, hotels and businesses across the county, celebrated excellence and outstanding achievement in Cheshire tourism.
Quality in Tourism was delighted to have sponsored the two Self Catering Awards and our very own Andy Woodward was at the ceremony to present the award to the winning providers. The winners were:
Andy says "We were delighted to sponsor the Marketing Cheshire event and had a thoroughly enjoyable time catching up with old friends and using the opportunity to make new ones. We are delighted to be working with Marketing Cheshire to roll out our new quality assessment schemes and it's wonderful for us to have the opportunity to talk directly to those within the industry on how we can help improve their efficiency and profitability for 2019. Our congratulations to all of the finalists and winners."
The 2018 winners of Marketing Cheshire’s Annual Awards are:
• Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year: Storyhouse Royal Visit
• Hotel of the Year: Cottons Hotel & Spa
• Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Anderton Boat Lift
• Restaurant of the Year: Chef’s Table
• Tourism Experience or Event of the Year: Field to Fork, Tatton Park Farm
• Wedding Venue of the Year: Carden Park
• Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Cheshire Falconry
• Team of the Year: The Champagne Bar Team, Mottram Hall
• Boutique Accommodation & Small Hotel of the Year: Oddfellows
• Business Tourism Award: Crewe Hall
• Sustainable Tourism Award: Just So Festival
• Dog Friendly Business of the Year: National Waterways Museum
• Family Friendly Tourism Business of the Year: Russian Style Crepes
• Special Contribution to Tourism Award: Katrina Michel, outgoing CEO of Marketing Cheshire
Katrina Michel, out-going Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire and winner of this year’s Special Contribution to Tourism Award, said: “Cheshire has an extraordinary range of sites, attractions and accommodation that inspire tourists to visit from home and abroad. Importantly it also has world class tourist professionals with the creativity, hardwork and flair to bring it all to life. This winning combination is reflected in seven years of consecutive growth in Cheshire’s tourism industry, which is an enormous achievement.
“I am enormously proud to have worked at the helm of Marketing Cheshire for five years and I know that the county’s tourism will continue to go from strength to strength. There is lots of competition but with money, integrated thinking and the chance to bring to life just a fraction of the creative ideas, I have absolutely no doubt that Cheshire’s tourism is up to this challenge.”
During the evening, the Awards Ceremony riffed on the theme of ‘Peaky Blinders’ which was filmed in Cheshire - including a fun Peaker Blinders-style casino and a Peaky Blinder lookalike character. Celebrations continued into the night with guests dancing to Cheshire band, Soul Revolver.