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Tourism 'Oscars' - the short list

Who is doing the honours for visitors to Merseyside?

Published on April 27th 2011.

Tourism 'Oscars' - the short list

THE BED-IN at the Bluecoat, Liverpool Biennial, The Quarter restaurant and Da-Da Fest are among the events, venues and attractions making up quite a long shortlist in this year’s Merseyside Tourism “Oscars”, announced today.

The annual awards are organised by TMP, Official Tourist Board for Liverpool City Region. The ceremony will take place on Thursday May 26, at the Kings Dock Convention Centre, with 15 awards being handed out.

Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy currently generates visitor spend of £2.8billion and is estimated to support approximately 41,000 jobs a year.

20110427mancshipcruise.jpgThis year, the new category of Culture and Heritage Experience replaces the performance venue category, meaning it is widened to include historic sites, museums, galleries and performance venues, as well as specific cultural programmes and events.

Specialist judges have completed the first round of judging to review the achievements of more than 100 entrants from a wide variety of large and small tourism businesses to determine the shortlist. The second round will include a series of judges’ visits and mystery shops to venues in the selected categories.

Eleven category winners will then proceed to represent the region at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.

TMP’s Visitor Economy Committee chairman and Liverpool Football Club Managing Director Ian Ayre said: “The TMP Tourism Awards recognise the hard work and commitment across the visitor economy sector. The large number of entries shortlisted this year is testament to the exceptional quality of excellence in the venues and attractions across the City Region.”

The awards are supported by Merseytravel, Liverpool ONE, ACC Liverpool and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at the Northwest Regional Development Agency, added: “Tourism is a vital part of the region’s economy, worth over £14billion a year and supporting almost 7pc of the region’s workforce. However, this is an internationally competitive market and so we must ensure that we offer the facilities and services that visitors are looking for.”

The 2011 Tourism Awards list in full

20110427knowsleyhall.jpgGuest Accommodation of the Year

  • Hatters Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • Knowsley Hall (Knowsley)
  • 21 Park House (Wirral)
  • At Peel Hey (Wirral)

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year

  • Bridge Street at Liverpool One (Liverpool)
  • Premier Apartments Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • Herons Well Holiday Cottage (Wirral)
Hotel of the Year
  • Hilton Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • Hope Street Hotel (Liverpool)
  • Novotel Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa (Sefton)
  • Ramada Plaza Southport (Sefton)
  • Hillbark Hotel & Spa (Wirral)
  • Leverhulme Hotel & Spa (Wirral)

Liverpool-Days-Out2-U-534.jpgSmall Visitor Attraction

  • Jungle Parc (Liverpool)
  • Mersey Tunnel Tours (Liverpool)
  • The Hardmans’ House (Liverpool)
  • The Beatles’ Childhood Homes – Mendips & 20 Forthlin Road (Liverpool)
  • The U-boat Story (Wirral)

Large Visitor attraction

  • Albert Dock Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • Liverpool Football Club (Liverpool)
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum (Liverpool)
  • The Beatles Story (Liverpool)
  • Knowsley Safari Park (Knowsley)
  • Spaceport (Wirral)
  • Mersey Ferries (Wirral)

Excellence in Business Tourism

  • BT Convention Centre (Liverpool)
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum (Liverpool)
  • The Foresight Centre (Liverpool)
  • Knowsley Hall (Knowsley)
  • Haydock Park (St.Helens)

 www.visitliverpool.jpgTaste Liverpool

  • 60 Hope Street (Liverpool)
  • Lunya (Liverpool)
  • The London Carriage Works (Liverpool)
  • The Quarter (Liverpool)
  • Restaurant Richard Fox at Leverhulme Hotel (Wirral)

Tourism Experience

  • Mersey Ferries – Manchester Ship Canal Cruise (Liverpool)
  • Mersey Tunnel Tours (Liverpool)
  • The John Moores Painting Prize at Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool)
  • The Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse (Sefton)

Tourism Event

  • DaDaFest (Liverpool)
  • Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool)
  • Paradise in the Park (Liverpool)
  • Liverpool Food and Drink Festival (Liverpool)
  • Bed-In at the Bluecoat (Liverpool)
  • The John Smith’s Grand National (Sefton)
  • Wirral Food and Drink Festival (Wirral)

Culture and Heritage Experience

  • FACT (Liverpool)
  • Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres (Liverpool)
  • Liverpool Philharmonic Programme 2010 (Liverpool)
  • Picasso: Peace and Freedom – Tate Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • The Bluecoat (Liverpool)


  • Pima Bar at Hilton Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • MOJO (Liverpool)
  • Palm Sugar Lounge (Liverpool)
  • Alma de Cuba (Liverpool)
  • Gallagher’s Pub and Barbers (Wirral)
  • Oxton Bar and Terrace (Wirral)
  • The Wro (Wirral)

Tourism Marketing Initiative

  • Liverpool Coach Welcome at the Anglican Cathedral (Liverpool)
  • Touched – Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool)
  • Picasso: Peace and Freedom – Tate Liverpool (Liverpool)The European Peace Monument – The Beatles Story (Liverpool)
Tourism Retailer
  • Disney Store (Liverpool)
  • Everton Two (Liverpool)
  • World Museum Liverpool Shop (Liverpool)
  • The Beatles Story (Liverpool)
  • Utility (Liverpool)

Everton+two.jpgSustainable Tourism

  • Arena & Convention Centre Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • Jungle Parc (Liverpool)
  • Radisson BLU Hotel Liverpool (Liverpool)

Excellence in Customer Service

  • Kevin Roberts, Liverpool ONE (Liverpool)
  • George Sourbutts, Barons Bar Scarisbrick Hotel (Sefton)
  • Cliff Bowden, Lady Lever Art Gallery (Wirral)
  • Jackie Burke, Compass Group at Haydock Park Racecourse (St.Helens)
  • Alison Storah, National Wildflower Centre (Knowsley)
  • Sue Halliday, Catalyst Science Discovery Centre (Halton)




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AnonymousApril 27th 2011.

The Everton Shop, a tourist attraction. Oh please!

Mary Linnell-SimmonsApril 27th 2011.

Liverpool Biennial all the way!

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