Cheshire and Warrington’s top-performing tourism businesses celebrated with a night of Hollywood glamour at the annual Marketing Cheshire Awards.
More than 350 guests attended the black-tie event at Tatton Park on Thursday, November 28, enjoying a drinks reception before the three-course awards meal, ceremony and live entertainment.
Award host was Heart FM presenter Angela Jay and this year’s winners included The Hollies Farm Shop, which won Team of the Year and owners Phil and Ed Cowap won Contribution to Cheshire awards.
The awards, now in their ninth year, added nine new categories to the line up. These included the Taste of Cheshire award, sponsored by Pochin and won by Davenports Tea Room. Ness Botanic Gardens was also awarded for its green efforts, scooping the new Sustainable Tourism award.
Peckforton Castle Hotel, which won Hotel of the Year in 2012 after extensive refurbishment, retained its title and won the Large Hotel of the Year award, sponsored by Virgin Trains.
Chester Zoo, awarded for its Dinosaurs Bites Back! event last year, also enjoyed continued success and scooped the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, sponsored by Routemaster 4 Hire.
Barrie Kelly, director of client services at Marketing Cheshire, said: “It is important that we recognise the quality in this sector which is now worth £2.6 billion and employs over 35,000 people. The visitor economy in Chester and Warrington is growing at double the pace. Last night was a great way to celebrate this success.”
Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year: Edgar House
Best Social Media Initiative of the Year: Your Carden Summer, Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Business Tourism Award: Cranage Hall Hotel
Contribution to Cheshire: Phil & Ed Cowap, The Hollies Farm Shop
Large Hotel of the Year: Peckforton Castle Hotel
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Chester Zoo
Marketing Initiative of the Year: Cholmondely Pageant of Power, The Source Partnership
Rising Star of the Year: Misha Horder, Senior Spa Therapist, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year: The Hollies Forest Lodges
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Small Hotel of the Year: Oddfellows
Sustainable Tourism: Ness Botanic Gardens
Taste of Cheshire Award: Davenports Tea Room
Team of the Year: The Hollies Farm Shop
Tourism Event of the Year: Live from Jodrell Bank
Tourism Experience of the Year: Deer Walks, Tatton Park
Tourism Pub of the Year: Yew Tree Inn, Bunbury