Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards: Businesses and attractions celebrated
Words by Natasha Young | Images courtesy of LCR Tourism Awards 2019
Stars and top events, attractions and venues of the tourism sector were celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2019 took place at Liverpool Cathedral, hosted by television presenter, ‘Great British Menu’ judge and cook Andi Oliver.
A total of 19 accolades were handed out during the evening, which was organised by Eventful in conjunction with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Worthy winners on the night included National Museums Liverpool, which picked up the ‘Large Event’ and ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ prizes for its ‘China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ exhibition.
Wirral’s five-star Mere Brook House bed and breakfast also took two awards – ‘Guest Accommodation’ and ‘Independent Tourism Business of the Year’.
Meanwhile the ‘Hidden Gem’ award winner was voted for by the public, with Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels taking the title.
Brothers Gary and Colin Manning, who are behind The 60 Group set of restaurants, received this year’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ accolade as they mark 20 years of their 60 Hope Street venue.
Other awards on the night included ‘Tourism Star of the Year’, which went to Matt Cooke at Hope Street Hotel; ‘Tourism Young Person of the Year’, awarded to Paul Dixon at Liverpool Film Office; ‘Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy’, won by Hinterlands; and ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’, which was handed to Port Sunlight Village Trust.
Aurora won the ‘Small Event of the Year’ category, ‘Entertainment Venue of the Year’ went to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall & Music Room, the prize for ‘Excellence in Business Tourism’ was awarded to Conference Centre at LACE and Caffe Cream of New Brighton was named ‘Café/Bistro of the Year’.
This year’s ‘Bar of the Year’ was The Art School Cellars and Delifonseca Dockside won the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ accolade, with Knowsley Safari Park named ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’, Staybridge Suites Liverpool winning ‘Serviced Apartment of the Year’ and Pullman Liverpool awarded ‘Hotel of the Year’.