The tourism industry on the Island of Anglesey, voted number one place to visit in 2011 by Simon Calder, BBC TV presenter and Travel Editor of The Independent, is celebrating after the fourth annual Anglesey Tourism Awards took place at Anglesey Showground last night.
Organised by the Anglesey Tourism Association (ATA), the 2011 Anglesey Tourism Awards once again celebrated the best of the Island’s tourism sector, providing a showcase for industry best practice and the top performing businesses.
The prestigious and glittering Black Tie evening was attended by over 210 guests, a massive 42% increase on last year, from the tourism industry across the Island. Nia Parry, S4C presenter hosted the event which included Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, Deputy First Minister for Wales and Minister for the Economy and Transport; Albert Owen MP; Jonathan Jones, Managing Director of Visit Wales; Dewi Davies, Regional Strategy Director for Tourism Partnership North Wales and Jane Blakey, chair of the ATA as guest speakers.
A total of 19 accolades were presented:
Best Adventure Operator of the Year, sponsored by Anglesey Energy Island: Cartio Mon Karting, Bodedern
Best Activity Operator of the Year, sponsored by Anglesey Energy Island: Bull Bay Golf Club, Bull Bay
Best Anglesey Produce of the Year, sponsored by Tesco: Caws Rhyd y Delyn, Rhoscefnir
Best Arts & Crafts of the Year: Janet Bell Gallery, Beaumaris and Jayne Huskisson, Rhosneigr
Best Bed & Breakfast/Guesthouse of the Year: Hen Bont Farm B&B, Elim and Llwydiarth Fawr, Llannerchymedd
Best Bistro/Brasserie of the Year, sponsored by Coleg Menai: Lastra Farm Hotel, Penrhyd
Best Cafe of the Year, sponsored by Coleg Menai: Bradley’s Deli & Coffee Shop, Benllech
Best Caravan & Camping Site of the Year: Blackthorn Farm, Trearddur Bay
Best Country House of the Year: Neuadd Lwyd, Penmynydd
Best Event of the Year: Anglesey Show
Best Heritage Attraction of the Year, sponsored by Horizon Nuclear Power: Llynnon, Llanddeusant
Best Holiday Park of the Year: Coed Cottages, Llanfechell
Best Small Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Stena Line: Lastra Farm Hotel, Penrhyd
Best Large Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Stena Line: Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Capel Coch
Best Inn/Pub Accommodation of the Year: Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn, Beaumaris
Best Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Coleg Menai: Neuadd Lwyd, Penmynydd
Best Self Catering Establishment of the Year, sponsored by InOut Magazine: Glan Morfa Lodge, Llangaffo
Best Visitor Attraction of the Year: Plas Newydd, Llanfair PG
ATA Chairman’s Award For Outstanding Contribution To Anglesey Tourism, sponsored by Tesco: Holyhead Maritime Museum, Holyhead
Jane Blakey, Chair of the ATA said; “Anglesey is a thriving and growing tourism destination and it was very evident tonight that we have much to boast about as we celebrated the best of our many outstanding businesses. All our winners, which are of an exceptionally high standard, should be proud of their achievements as it is their vision backed up by hard work, training and investment which have built tourism to be the Island’s only major industry.
“We are naturally delighted that Simon Calder, such a respected travel editor, has put Anglesey down as his top destination to visit this year and we welcome our enhanced profile as we know we have a gem of a destination and that all visitors are assured of a quality and memorable visit and our infamous warm welcome.”