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City region tourism awards celebrate winners

LIVERPOOL Cathedral provided the backdrop for the 2024 Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards.

Recognising excellence across the city region’s tourism and hospitality industry for 2023, the annual awards are delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company.

Councillor Mike Wharton, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Business said:  “The Tourism Awards enable us to celebrate and showcase what the city region has to offer across the visitor economy. To see so many entries not only shows how prestigious these awards are but also the amount of healthy competition we have – which continues to push tourism standards up. As a growth sector this brings both economic benefits and increases the city region’s reputation. Huge congratulations to all the winners as well as the shortlisted businesses and individuals.”

Full list of winners:  

Tourism Young Person of the Year – sponsored by City of Liverpool College and Hospitality Hero
WINNER: James Duckworth, Shakespeare North Playhouse
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Amber Kinrade, Strawberry Field

Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by Liverpool ONE
WINNER: Meg Terzza, Shakespeare North Playhouse
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Chris Duffy, Hilton Liverpool

B&B and Guest House of the Year – sponsored by Liverpool Cathedral
WINNER: The Braemar Southport

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year – sponsored by National Museums Liverpool       
WINNER: Staybridge Suites Liverpool

Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Liverpool BID Company        
WINNER: Hope Street Hotel
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Novotel Paddington Village

Business Events Venue – sponsored by ACC Liverpool
WINNER: Spaces at The Spine

New Tourism Business Award – sponsored by BDO LLP
WINNER: Shakespeare North Playhouse 

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award – sponsored by Lexus Liverpool
WINNER: Sunnyside Guest House
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Leonardo Hotels Liverpool

Independent Tourism Business of the Year – sponsored by Bolland & Lowe
WINNER: Manifest
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Fab 4 Taxi Tours

Eurovision Experience of the Year – sponsored by West Midlands Trains
WINNER: Invisible Wind Factory presents Aquatopia – The Blue and Yellow Submarine Parade
HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Museums Liverpool

Taste of Liverpool Award – Café/Bistro of the Year – sponsored by PIB Insurance      
WINNER: The Watering Can

Taste of Liverpool Award – Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Knowsley Safari 
WINNER: The Art School

Pub of the Year – sponsored by Wild Thang       
WINNER: The Red Fox Thornton Hough
 
Entertainment Venue of the Year – sponsored by Kimpton
WINNER: M&S Bank Arena
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Liverpool Philharmonic
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Future Yard

Experience of the Year – sponsored by Merseyrail         
WINNER: Liverpool Food Tours – A Taste of Liverpool Food Walking Tour 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Ticket Quarter     
WINNER: Strawberry Field
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Liverpool Beatles Museum

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport           
WINNER: Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool City Region Hidden Gem
WINNER: The Bus Yard

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism – sponsored by Growth Platform
WINNER: Chris Brown

Associate sponsors were Liverpool ONE and Lexus Liverpool. Category sponsors were ACC Liverpool, Bolland & Lowe, BDO LLP, City of Liverpool College, The Guide Liverpool, Hospitality Hero, Kimpton, Knowsley Safari, Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Merseyrail, National Museums Liverpool, PIB Insurance, Ticket Quarter, West Midlands Trains and Wild Thang.

The awards were also supported by Cool Breeze Events, Arts Bar Baltic, Liverpool Football Club, The Metro, MSP Global and Virgin Experience Days, with the charity partner Local Solutions My Time.

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