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What's THE attraction?

Hotels, motels and places to see... here's the long shortlist for the Mersey tourism awards

Written by . Published on April 16th 2012.

What's THE attraction?

A LONG “shortlist” for the 2012 Liverpool City Region Annual Tourism Awards has been announced. Is your fave here? 

The awards, which set out to recognise excellence and quality among visitor attractions and the hospitality industry on Merseyside, are organised for the first time by the new Local Enterprise Partnership which has taken over the tourist board role from The Mersey Partnership.

The awards ceremony takes place on June 14 at the BT Convention Centre.

Shiverpool PeopleShiverpool people:
Judges have completed the first round of assessment to review the achievements of more than 100 entrants to determine the shortlist of 55, with the second round of judging taking place in early May. See below.

A total of 16 categories includes finalists from Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley, ranging from small independently owned businesses to large companies.

The winners of 10 categories will then go on to represent Liverpool City Region in Visit England’s Awards for Excellence. 

Meanwhile, public voting is still open for the People’s Choice Award – a new category for 2012 offering people the chance to vote for their favourite attraction, restaurant, gallery or event. 

The nomination can be chosen for any number of reasons, say organisers, such as an overall great experience, family friendly, service or its consistent high standard.

Confidential bumped into John Stone, head honcho of the Shiverpool tours, as the nomination list was came up on the Blackberry. He declared himself delighted to be included in the Tourism Entrepreneur category and promptly rang his mum interrupting dinner in the Monroe, to tell her the good news.


Hotel of the Year *

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa (Sefton)

Hillbark Hotel & Spa (Wirral)

Hilton Liverpool (Liverpool)

Hope Street Hotel (Liverpool)

Hotel Indigo Liverpool (Liverpool)

Ramada Plaza, Southport (Sefton)

The Vincent Hotel (Sefton)




Guest Accommodation of the Year  *

Base2Stay Liverpool (Liverpool)

Hatters Liverpool (Liverpool)

Mere Brook House (Wirral)


Serviced Apartment of the Year *

BridgeStreet Liverpool ONE (Liverpool)

Premier Apartments Liverpool (Liverpool)

Staybridge Suites (Liverpool)


National Wildflower CentreNational Wildflower Centre 


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year *

Church Farm (Wirral)

Darkstar Ultimate Laser Arena (St.Helens)

National Wildflower Centre (Knowsley)


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year *

Liverpool ONE (Liverpool)

Museum of Liverpool (Liverpool)

The Beatles Story (Liverpool)


Red-Hot-Buffet-Red Hot World Buffet 

Taste Liverpool *

60 Hope Street (Liverpool)


Caffe Cream of New Brighton (Wirral)


Delifonseca Dockside (Liverpool)


Hillbark Hotel (Wirral)


Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill (Liverpool)


Red Hot World Buffet(Liverpool)


The London Carriage Works (Liverpool)



Bar of the Year 

Alma de Cuba (Liverpool)

Gallaghers Pub and Barbers (Wirral)

Leaf Tea Shop and Bar (Liverpool)

The WRO Bar Lounge and Loft (Wirral)


Excellence in Business Tourism *

Conferencing & Events, National Museums Liverpool  (Liverpool)

Haydock Park Racecourse (St.Helens)

Hilton Liverpool (Liverpool)

Liverpool JMU (Liverpool)


Sustainable Tourism *

Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool  (Liverpool)

Caffe Cream of New Brighton (Wirral)

Museum of Liverpool (Liverpool)


Tourism Event of the Year *

Haydock Park's 2011 Music Nights Series (St.Helens)

Museum of Liverpool - Peoples' Opening (Liverpool)

Reflections of the Waterfront - Culture Liverpool  (Liverpool)

The John Smith’s Grand National (Liverpool)


Culture and Heritage Experience of the Year 

FACT (Liverpool)

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres (Liverpool)

Museum of Liverpool (Liverpool)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society (Liverpool)

The John Smith’s Grand National (Liverpool)


Liverpool Airport_Info DeskLiverpool Airport Info Desk 


Tourism Retailer of the Year 

Albert Dock Visitor Information Centre (Liverpool)

Cathedral Shop at Liverpool Cathedral (Liverpool)

Liverpool John Lennon Airport Visitor Information Desk (Liverpool)


Tourism Marketing Initiative of the Year 

Bringing the USA to Liverpool (The Beatles Story, Liverpool)

Museum of Liverpool Opening (Liverpool)

René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle (Tate Liverpool)


Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year 

Contessa Hotels - Count Craig Baker (Wirral)

Shiverpool UK Ltd - John Stone (Liverpool)

The WRO - Sally Boyd (Wirral)

Excellence in Customer Service * 

Finalists to be confirmed as judging is ongoing across the boroughs.

People’s Choice Award 

Entries are still open for people to nominate their favourite venue, voting closes on 29 April, 2012. To vote, visit here, or see VisitLiverpool’s Facebook or Twitter before the closing date on 29th April.


*Visit England category.

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Derek HargreavesApril 17th 2012.

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AnonymousApril 17th 2012.

The comment above from a so-called Derren Hargreaves is obviously from the LEP Directors trying to big-up the awards.

Liverpool WagApril 17th 2012.

I wonder if they have a compere for these "awards" yet? Derek would be perfect

Derek HargreavesApril 17th 2012.

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1 Response: Reply To This...
AnonymousApril 17th 2012.

I am filled with awe at the extensive knowledge of Mr Hargreaves and how eloquently he speaks.

Tessie Tassels

NadiaApril 17th 2012.

Back in Old Country is not prize for "best hotel" as only one hotel in town. Here no tourist ever venture, but yes! is happy place for many business mans who come urgently all over Ukraine to fish canning plant where all family work - mama, papa, seven brothers and four sisters, even blind babooshka with nose as keen as ferret, who given many roubles to sniff out rotten batch of eels.

Back in hotel - with blinking light 'hot.l, hot.l' Nadia learn way of chamber maid and how to satisfy many guest in 18 hour shift. For this I am recieve many small tip in hand when pleasure from guest boil over in joy.

I am hot Russian lady who would like to visit such a glittering ceremony as this with rich mans who own hotels in Liverpool and for this I will show how to polish knob until shine with pride.

Colleen MossopApril 17th 2012.

The reputation of Russian hand polished knobs was the envy of the world hotel industry until Andropov.

Hans JobbApril 18th 2012.

He was an eminent palmist

Helmut BufferApril 18th 2012.

So is this event where all the big nobs will be hanging out?

HornblowerFebruary 25th 2013.

Not on your nelly.

Hans JobbFebruary 25th 2013.

Who? What?

Kojak's MoneyboxFebruary 25th 2013.

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