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Tourism Awards shortlist revealed

THE shortlist for this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards has been unveiled.

The annual awards recognise and reward excellence across the regions tourism and hospitality sector and are delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company.

With record entries this year, the applications have been narrowed down by an expert judging panel and will now go forward to the awards ceremony taking place at Liverpool Cathedral on Thursday 29 February 2024.

The nineteen categories this year include awards for Hotel of the Year, Experience of the Year, New Tourism Business and Unsung Hero. Twelve of the winners will then go forward to the Visit England Awards for Excellence in June 2024, at which Liverpool hotel, Titanic won gold at the 2023 ceremony earlier this summer.

Janet Nuzum, Sector Lead for Visitor Economy at Growth Platform said: “We are delighted to have received record entries for the Tourism Awards this year as the support for the awards continues to grow and businesses recognise the value of being involved. In particular it is pleasing to see so many entries for the two new categories – Entertainment Venue of the Year and the Eurovision Experience Award which demonstrates the breadth of venues we have across the city region and also how businesses fully embraced Eurovision in such a unique way. Special thanks go to our experienced panel of judges who have had a difficult job in shortlisting this year as the quality of entries was so high.”

Bill Addy, Chief Executive at Liverpool BID Company and Headline Sponsor, said:

“What an incredible shortlist we have and how well they reflect our vibrant and committed tourism sector. We know how critical this industry is to our city region. Liverpool is the fifth most visited city in the UK for overseas tourists and the fourth for domestic visitors. It is these businesses that provide both the attraction, the welcome and the purpose for the visit. They are the oil that keeps our vibrant visitor economy running and I am delighted for each one on the shortlist.”

The ‘Hidden Gem’ category will be back again for 2023 and sponsored by The Guide Liverpool. This category will be voted for by the public and will recognise the region’s ‘best kept secret.’ Hidden Gems could be attractions, bars, restaurants, tours, or natural assets which are off the main tourism trail.

By nominating a ‘Hidden Gem,’ they could be catapulted into the Tourism Awards spotlight.

Please click here to nominate your Hidden Gem –

The full shortlist:

B&B and Guest House of the Year
The Bowden Lodge
The Braemar Southport
Sunnyside Guest House

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year           
Quest Apartments Liverpool City Centre
Staybridge Suites Liverpool
The Eden Warehouse

Hotel of the Year      
Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa
Hope Street Hotel
INNSiDE by Melia Liverpool
Malmaison Liverpool
Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
Pullman Liverpool
Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Business Events Venue
Escape Live Liverpool
INNSiDE by Melia Liverpool
The Jockey Club Venues – Aintree Racecourse
Spaces at The Spine 

New Tourism Business Award       
Brewery Bus Tours
Eureka! Science + Discovery
Liverpool Famous Walking Tours
Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
Radisson Red Liverpool
Shakespeare North Playhouse 

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award
Antonio’s Bar & Grill
Leonard Hotel Liverpool
Liverpool Philharmonic
Spaces at The Spine
Sunnyside Guest House
The Palm House Sefton Park

Independent Tourism Business of the Year         
Arts Bar Hope Street
Fab 4 Taxi Tours
Liverpool Famous Walking Tours
Sunnyside Guest House

Eurovision Experience of the Year
British Music Experience
Invisible Wind Factory presents Aquatopia – The Blue and Yellow Submarine Parade
John Lewis & Partners Liverpool
Liverpool Philharmonic
Liverpool Tourist Information Centre
National Museums Liverpool
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 

Taste of Liverpool Award – Café/Bistro of the Year         
Bean Coffee Roasters Liverpool ONE
The Watering Can
The Welsford Bistro

Taste of Liverpool Award – Restaurant of the Year         
Antonio’s Bar & Grill
Baltic Market
Delifonseca Dockside
The Art School
The London Carriage Works

Pub of the Year        
The Hightown Pub & Kitchen
The Red Fox Thornton Hough
The Windmill Southport 

Experience of the Year        
Liverpool Famous Walking Tours
Liverpool Food Tours – A Taste of Liverpool Food Walking Tour
Mersey Tunnel Tours
National Trust, The Beatles’ Childhood Homes
The Magical Mystery Tour
Viking Quest Adventure Golf

 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year           
LFC Stadium Tours & Experiences
Liverpool Cathedral
Mersey Ferries
Museum of Liverpool
National Trust, Speke Hall
The Beatles Story

 Small Visitor Attraction of the Year           
British Music Experience
Liverpool Beatles Museum
Strawberry Field
The Palm House Sefton Park 

Entertainment Venue of the Year
Arts Bar Hope Street
Future Yard
Liverpool Philharmonic
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Liverpool’s Royal Court
M&S Bank Arena
Shakespeare North Playhouse
The Cavern Club

Tourism Young Person of the Year           
Yasmin Rainbow, Hilton Liverpool
Natash Elston, Holiday Inn Express Royal Albert Dock
James Duckworth, Shakespeare North Playhouse
Amber Kinrade, Strawberry Field
Alex Zervos, The Art School

Unsung Hero Award
Chris Duffy, Hilton Liverpool
Tracey Sellars, Holiday Inn Liverpool
Roy Forshaw, National Museums Liverpool
Caitlin French, Pullman Liverpool
Colin Hughes, Sefton Park Palm House
Me Terzza, Shakespeare North Playhouse


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