SWANSEA Bay’s rich variety of tourism businesses have been celebrated in an awards evening at the city’s Brangwyn Hall.
The Swansea Bay Tourism Awards 2017 celebrate an industry that’s worth over £400 million a year to Swansea Bay. For the first time the Awards were organised in partnership by Tourism Swansea Bay and Swansea Council and were made up of 21 categories.
Winners on the night included Gower Coast Adventures, for best activity provider; the Village Hotel, for best large hotel; and Suzanne Morrison, for best tourism ambassador for her work in promoting the destination to visitors with disabilities.
Other winners included Reynoldston’s King Arthur Hotel, for best inn; the Rake and Riddle in Penclawdd, for best new tourism business; and the LC, for best attraction.
The winners for best event or festival were the Gower Agriculture Society for the Gower Show, and Swansea Council for the Wales Airshow and Proms in the Park.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “Over 500 people attended the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards 2017, which speaks volumes for the enthusiasm of the tourism industry here and the close partnership working between the council, Tourism Swansea Bay and our fantastic range of tourism businesses.
“Tourism already makes a significant contribution to Swansea Bay’s economy, but the dedication of our tourism businesses, alongside some of the major projects in the pipeline for Swansea, means the industry has even more to look forward to in coming years.
“Swansea is on the shortlist to be named UK City of Culture 2021 next month, with attractions like a state-of-the-art digital indoor arena set to be constructed in the city centre as well, helping further boost a thriving local visitor economy.
“With a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon also expected soon and talks on-going about a new cable car and luge attraction on Kilvey Hill, these are exciting times for destination Swansea Bay.
“Our tourism businesses will undoubtedly continue to help Swansea Bay buck national tourism trends by helping demonstrate year-on-year growth in the tourism sector as the destination’s profile is further raised around the world.”
Stephen Crocker, Chairman of Tourism Swansea Bay added “Historically we have organised these Awards but we are delighted that we are now able to collaborate with Swansea Council for 2017 and hopefully for future years to come.. The public and private sector work closely together throughout the year, continually developing a destination management plan for the benefit of visitors to Swansea Bay, so the awards are an important way of recognising and celebrating some of the great work that takes place. We look forward to developing this relationship further to ensure we are celebrating successes and motivating the next generation of tourism professionals and ensuring the sustainability of the Awards. .
Other winners at the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards 2017 included Patricks with Rooms, in Mumbles, for best restaurant with rooms; Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park, for best caravan and campsite; the Beach House Restaurant in Oxwich, for best restaurant; and Munch of Mumbles, for best bistro.
Parc Le Breos in Parkmill won best guesthouse or bed and breakfast; Bramwood Holiday Home and Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages won best self-catering accommodation; and Home from Home won best accommodation agency.
The Plough and Harrow in Murton won the best pub grub category; Cariad Cafe in Penclawdd won best cafe; the Fountain Inn in Pontarddulais won best pub or bar; and Oldwalls on Gower won best wedding experience.
Other winners included the National Trust Rhossili for best renewed tourism business; Pilton House Gower in Newton for best dog-friendly tourism business; and the Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill for best tourism ambassadors team.
A full list of winners and highly commended businesses can be found HERE
For more information on Tourism Swansea Bay visit www.tourismswanseabay.co.uk
For more information on Visit Swansea Bay visit www.visitswanseabay.co.uk