NORTON Priory Museum and Garden is celebrating winning the Visit Chester & Cheshire Tourism for All award for the second year running.
During a presentation evening at Chester Racecourse last week, in association with Heathcotes, the Norton Priory team was presented with the accolade by chef and restaurateur, Nick Nairn.
The award follows a rigorous assessment by a panel of independent judges, including experts from outside Cheshire.
The standards achieved by this year's winners were described by Visit Chester & Cheshire chairman Mike Cooksley as ' truly outstanding'.
'There was a significant increase in nominations across the 14 award categories this year, particularly for the new categories of large and small retail,' he said. 'The standard of entries was higher than ever.
'There's clearly a growing aware-ness throughout our visitor economy of the importance of quality and innovation and that has been reflected by this year's winners.'
The 2006 Visit Chester & Cheshire Awards were sponsored by Trinity Mirror Cheshire, publisher of the Weekly News, and the Northwest Regional Development Agency, with support from Cheshire County Council, Chester City Council, Charisma, MBNA Europe, Chester Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hill Dickinson, Chester Racecourse, Made in Cheshire and CSP Audiovisual.
Trinity Mirror Cheshire edit-or-in-chief Eric Langton said: 'Tourism in Chester and Cheshire clearly is in great hands, judging by the quality of entrants for the awards. The winners are superb examples of the enthusiasm, imagination and service which is encouraging the tourism industry's growth and adding to the regional economy. I salute their efforts.'