Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses celebrated at awards

Tourism plays a vital role in our overall economy and on Wednesday over 40 of our top tourism businesses gathered for the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

The Awards held at Uttoxeter Racecourse were a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the huge contributions they make, bringing in millions of pounds each month for the local economy and sustaining tens of thousands of jobs. I am sure you will agree that Staffordshire really is a great county with lots on offer, with wonderful attractions that we are all very proud of.

There were 16 award categories, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year went to the National Memorial Arboretum, and the new CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort was named Hotel of the Year.  Drayton Manor Park won gold for the second year in a row for Best Tourism Experience of the Year, for Drayton’s Magical Christmas, with accolades also going to World of Wedgwood (Guided Tour of the Year) and Uttoxeter Racecourse (Business Tourism Award).

The Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and Colton House near Rugeley both won two gold awards, making them the biggest winners of the day.  Amber House of Alrewas went home with the Bed & Breakfast of the Year award, Cannock’s Dalraddy Cottage was Self-Catering Property of the Year, and Heywood Hall, Denstone won Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year.  You can click here to see a full list of the winners.

Finally “Well done!” to all our winners, and good luck to those going forward to represent Staffordshire at the VisitEngland Awards next year.

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