The Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards 2009 Shortlist

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                                                                 The Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards 2009 Shortlist

                                                                      Best of the Best in City Region’s Visitor Economy Line Up for
                                                                                     Top Honours and Celebrations

                                                              AFTER record entries for The Mersey Partnership’s Annual Tourism Awards 2009, Liverpool
                                                              City Region’s official Tourist Board announces the shortlist for the final round of judging.

                                                              A total of 17 Awards will be presented during a celebration dinner at the BT Convention
                                                              Centre, Liverpool on Thursday, 18th June. The 2009 shortlist is attached.

                                                              This year’s Awards feature three new categories introduced to reflect growth and diversity in
                                                              the City Region’s visitor economy. These are: Tourism Marketing Project of the Year;
                                                              Tourism Retailer of the Year and contribution to Sustainable Tourism.

                                                              The annual event, organised by TMP and supported by the Northwest Regional
                                                              Development Agency (NWDA), Merseytravel, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool
                                                              ONE, ACC Liverpool and BBC Radio Merseyside, celebrates the very best businesses in the
                                                              City Region’s visitor economy, now worth £1.3billon a year and supporting 23,000 jobs.

                                                              BBC television presenter Ranvir Singh will host the night’s celebrations in front of 500
                                                              guests.

                                                              She said: “I am thrilled to once again be hosting the TMP Tourism Awards. Last year‟s event
                                                              was a great celebration of the very best businesses in the tourism sector across the City
                                                              Region. Having seen this shortlist, I am sure this year is going to be even more exciting.
                                                              Each Award is so keenly contested that the tension and excitement generated on the night
                                                              make it a great event in its own right, and I am looking forward to revealing the winners on
                                                              18th June.”

                                                              This year’s record entry list included tourism businesses and other visitor economy
                                                              organisations from across Liverpool City Region.

                                                              The spectacular success of European Capital of Culture - including major ’08 events
                                                              programme highlights ranging from the 2008 Opening Weekend celebrations and the
                                                              McCartney Concert at Anfield to the return of the Tall Ships; Go SuperLambBananas and La
                                                              Machine – will be honoured with the presentation of a special ’08 Award to Liverpool City
                                                              Council.

                                                              TMP Chief Executive Lorraine Rogers said: “Our first round Judges have had a tough task.
                                                              Preparing this shortlist has been a time-consuming process and I am grateful to our Judges
                                                              and delighted that so many TMP Members and other businesses from across the City
                                                              Region‟s tourism sector have the opportunity to go forward to the second round of judging
                                                              and the opportunity to win one of this year‟s Awards.”
                                                              Chair of Judges, Katy Moussaada said: “The quantity, quality and calibre of entries this year
                                                              has been higher than ever and Judges have agonised over some very tough decisions.
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                                                              Those who made it through have done extremely well – but those who have not made it have
                                                              come up against the strongest competition we have seen for years. The strength of the entry
                                                              list is demonstrated in the Tourism Event of the Year category where we have 10 hugely
                                                              popular and successful events through to second round judging.”

                                                              Specialist Judges reviewed the achievements of entrants from a wide variety of large and
                                                              small tourism businesses after the most successful year in the destination’s history.

                                                              The judging process for the second round will include a series of “mystery shop” visits to
                                                              entrants’ businesses in selected categories of the Awards.

                                                              Lorraine Rogers added: “Tourism businesses have made an enormous contribution to
                                                              Liverpool‟s spectacular regeneration and internationally acclaimed year as European Capital
                                                              of Culture, and we are looking forward to honouring the best of the best.”

                                                              Peter Mearns, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at the NWDA, said:
                                                              “The NWDA is proud to support the TMP Tourism Awards again this year, particularly after
                                                              such a successful „08. In 2009 the increasing interest in holidaying at home is great news for
                                                              the industry, but we must continue to ensure that we are offering the best quality experiences
                                                              to our visitors. These awards are helping to raise standards across the region, making sure
                                                              that Merseyside and the Northwest can continue to compete with the best of the best across
                                                              the UK and internationally.”

                                                              Eleven of the TMP Annual Tourism Awards Category winners will automatically go through to
                                                              the England’s Northwest Tourism Awards organised by the NWDA later this year, and the
                                                              chance to represent the region in national finals.

                                                              Further details of the event and tickets are available by emailing:
                                                              tourismawards@merseyside.org.uk
The Mersey Partnership Annual Tourism Awards 2009 – Shortlist:
Guest Accommodation of the Year
   21 Park House Guest House
   Ambassador Townhouse
   Mere Brook House
   Knowsley Hall
   At Peel Hey Guest House

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
    Staybridge Suites Liverpool
    Premier Apartments Liverpool
    Mersey View Ltd

Hotel of the Year
    Malmaison
    Hard Day’s Night Hotel
    Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre
    Premier Inn Liverpool Albert Dock
    Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa
    Jurys Inn Liverpool

Tourism Marketing Project of the Year
    Leaf Tea Shop & Bar
    National Museums Liverpool - Walker Art Gallery
    FACT - Foundation for Art & Creative Technology
    Haydock Park Racecourse
    Liverpool Welsh Choral
    Liverpool Football Club The Anfield Experience
    Creamfields

Tourism Retailer of the Year
    Beatles Story
    08 Place (Liverpool Visitor Centre)
    Lady Lever Art Gallery Shop
    Wayfarers Shopping Arcade
    Cavern Walks Shopping Centre

Sustainable Tourism
    Wirral Parks and Countryside Service
    Tate Liverpool
    Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool

Tourism Experience
    Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
    National Museums Liverpool - Art in the Age of Steam
    Liverpool Biennial
    Shiverpool Tours
Taste Liverpool
    Il Forno Italian Restaurant
    Sapporo Teppanyaki
    Delifonseca
    Blakes Restaurant - Hard Day’s Night Hotel
    Panoramic Restaurant
    Fraiche
    Malmaison

Bar of the Year
    The Wro Lounge Bar Café
    La Cubanita
    Alma de Cuba

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
   Acorn Farm
   National Wildflower Centre
   Mersey Ferries Manchester Ship Canal Cruises
   Mersey Tunnel Tours

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
    Tate Liverpool
    Beatles Story
    Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
    The Bluecoat
    National Museums Liverpool - Walker Art Gallery

Tourism Event of the Year
    The British Open Golf Championship (Sefton Tourism Department)
    Tate Liverpool- Klimt
    Southport Summer Classics
    Southport Air Show
    Wirral Food and Drink Festival
    Under and Over the Mersey, Merseytravel
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
    Creamfields
    World Firefighter Games
    DaDaFest International 2008

Performance Venue of the Year
    Citadel Arts Centre
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
    Echo Arena Liverpool
    Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres

Business Tourism of the Year
    The Foresight Centre
    Partnership for Learning (PfL)
    BT Convention Centre
Outstanding Customer Service in Merseyside

      Liverpool
       Christina Dixon - Jurys Inn Hotel
      Halton
       Tracey Crutchley - Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
      Knowsley
       Sue Rowan Acorn Farm
      Southport
       Jeff Argent - Southport Eco-Centre
      Wirral
       Mandy Cotter - Voirrey Embroidery

Merseyside Student/Apprentice of the Year
    Liverpool
      Daniel Norton - Progress Sports
    Southport
      Richard Marsden - Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa
    St. Helens
      Stephanie Arnold - Food and Drink Service student at St. Helens College