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Winners of National Tourism Awards for Wales announced

Winners of National Tourism Awards for Wales announced


The cream of the Welsh tourism industry were awarded last

Thursday 21 October, 2010 at the Vale Hotel as the National

Tourism Awards gala evening was held in partnership with Visit

Wales, The Wales Tourism Alliance and Quadrant. Almost 400 applications were received and 53 organisations made it to last

night's final competing for 16 awards which were up for grabs. The winners were announced by TV presenter, Sarra Elgan.


Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones, said: "With record entries for this years’ awards, winners of each category can be very proud of their achievement. Being named the best in Wales is no mean feat. The dedication that these businesses show to the importance of quality and redeveloping their product to meet with consumers needs in a difficult economic climate is to be applauded."


Awards included Best Place to Stay-large serviced won by The Grove in Narbeth; Best Event-large won by the Hay Festival, Best Visitor Experience won by Cardiff International White Water, Best Family Day Out won by Folly Farm and Business Tourism Award won by Call of the Wild Ltd.

Call of the Wild Managing Director Geraint Lewis said: “We are absolutely delighted. It illustrates that the Company is recognised as being one of the best in the UK. It is always reassuring to know that our ethical approach to business is recognised and the contribution made to the local economy is not underestimated. We believe part of our success is due to building up a successful business with the local community at its heart and at the centre of our business ethos is our desire to put something back into the community. Aligned with this approach is understanding the needs of our clients and providing a high quality personalised service.”


Congratulations to all the winners!


All finalists and winners were as follows:


Best Place to Stay (Serviced – Large)
The Grove (winner)
Holm House
Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn & Townhouse
St Brides Spa Hotel


Best Place to Stay (Serviced – Small)
Ffynnon (winner)
Escape Boutique B&B
The Crown at Whitebrook


Best Place to Stay (Non-serviced – Caravan & Camping)
Yr Helyg – The Willows Touring and Camping Park(winner)
Tree Tops Caravan Park
Swallow Tree Gardens Holiday & Leisure


Best Place to Stay (Non-serviced – Large)
Clydey Cottages Pembrokeshire (winner)
Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages
Fferm Bryn Melyn Farm


Best Place to Stay (Non-serviced – Small)
Monmouthshire Cottages – Tintern Abbey Cottage (winner)
Lon Lodges
Countrypad LLP


Best Event (Community)
Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival (winner)
Cymdeithas Twm Sion Cati
The Really Wild Food & Countryside Festival, St Davids


Best Event (Large)
Hay Festival (winner)
Breakaway Cycling
Abergavenny Food Festival
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod


Best Family Day Out
Folly Farm (winner)
Bay Leisure Ltd (The LC)
St Fagans: National History Museum
Greenwood Forest Park


Best New Business
Afan Lodge (winner)
Plas Coch Holiday Home Park

Best Team
Hilton Hotel Cardiff (winner)
Call of the Wild Ltd
Wales Millennium Centre


Best Visitor Experience
Cardiff International White Water (winner)
Tree Top Adventure
Cardiff Castle


Business Tourism
Call of the Wild Ltd (winner)
Vale Resort
Venue Cymru

Digital Marketing
Folly Farm (winner)
Celtic Quest Coasteering
Gwynedd Council


Partnership Award
West Wales Tourism Associations (winner)
Brecon Beacons Tourism
Flintshire Tourism Association
Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism Association


Sense of Place
Big Pit (winner)
Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre
Gwesty Cymru


Sustainable Tourism Award
Wern Growth Services Ltd (winner)
Asheston Eco Barns
Coed Cae


Outstanding Contribution to Tourism
Julian Burrell


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