The National Tourism Awards for Wales took place at Bodelwyddan Castle last week. Forty-six enterprises from across the country were shortlisted as finalists – but only fourteen were selected as being the best in the industry. Sadly, there was only one winner from North Wales (Gwledd Conwy Feast).
Described as the Welsh “tourism oscars”, the National Tourism Awards came to North Wales for the first time this year. The glittering ceremony was hosted by BBC TV news presenter, Huw Edwards, and the final selection was made by an independent judge - travel writer David Atkinson - author of the new edition of Lonely Planet Wales.
A number of enterprises from across the North made it on to the shorlist, including one of our most valued clients, Mr Stephen Bristow, GreenWood Forest Park, Caernarfon (Tourism Entrepreneur). Also on the shortlist were Conwy Food Festival (Best Community Event); Conwy Golf Club (Golf as it Should Be); Bron-y-Wendon Touring Caravan Park (Quality and Customer Care – Caravan park); Richard Hughes, Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Llangefni (The Extra Mile award); Y Goeden Eirin, Caernarfon (The Real Alternative); and the Quay Hotel, Deganwy (Gold Star – Hotel) – but not one of them collected an award on the night.
Oh well, there’s always next year!