Nominations are now open for the annual Wirral Tourism Awards, which gives local businesses and the people of Heswall and surrounding areas an opportunity to boost local attractions.
A People’s Choice Award is judged on nominations from the public, including customers and visitors.
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Now in its 11th year, the Wirral Tourism Awards recognise and reward the outstanding contributions made by local individuals, groups and businesses in an important and growing business sector.
The industry contributes £385 million a year to the local economy, attracting more than eight million visitors and supporting more than 5,000 full-time jobs.
This year’s awards culminate with a gala dinner at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Wednesday 12 April.
Cllr Tony Jones, Wirral Council’s Tourism Champion, said: “The Tourism Awards are a great way to celebrate the many individuals, groups and businesses that have helped to make Wirral’s visitor economy the fastest growing in the Liverpool city region.
“As a key economic driver for the Wirral 2020 Plan, it is vital that we continue to develop and promote our tourism offer and to shout about its fantastic assets from the rooftops.”
Nominations are being invited in the following award categories:
- Tourism Star
- Bar of the Year
- People’s Choice
- Bed & Breakfast of the Year
- Volunteer Team of the Year
- Hotel of the Year
- Taste Wirral
- Attraction of the Year
- Event of the Year
- Independent Business of the Year
- Sustainable Tourism Award
- Hidden Gem
The deadline for nominations is Monday 1st March. After that, a panel of judges will review entries and draw up a shortlist, which will usually be no more than three. Those shortlisted will be considered by an independent expert category judge who will choose the winner.
The Wirral Tourism Ambassador is someone who has shown dedication and commitment to service excellence in the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry over a period of several years. They will have gained industry respect locally and perhaps further afield.