6th April, 2010 TMP Tourism Awards 2010 Shortlist Announced The much anticipated shortlist for the TMP Tourism Awards 2010 has today (Tuesday, 6th April, 2010) been revealed. The annual awards are organised by TMP, the Official Tourist Board for Liverpool City Region. The prestigious event takes place on Thursday, 10 June, at the BT Convention Centre, and recognises the very best in quality and excellence in the City Region’s Visitor Economy. 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 – and the shortlist has now been announced (full list attached). The judging process for the second round will include a series of “mystery shop” visits to entrants‟ businesses in selected categories of the Awards. A total of 15 awards will be presented on the evening, in front of a gathering of 500 guests at the waterfront venue. Eleven of the TMP Annual Tourism Awards Category winners will automatically go through to the England‟s Northwest Tourism Awards organised by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) later this year, and the chance to represent the region in the national finals. Liverpool City Region‟s Visitor Economy is now worth £1.6billon a year, supporting 23,000 jobs. It continues to grow in strength and standard with new hotels, events, venues and attractions continuing to widen the exciting City Region offer. TMP Chief Executive Lorraine Rogers commented: “We are delighted to see the calibre of entries. The shortlist highlights how strong the Visitor Economy is and the Awards will recognise the hard work and commitment to excellence. “In the last 12 months, the City Region has welcomed a large number of new attractions, hotels and restaurants, which are all making their mark in this very competitive industry. The wealth of choice available across the destination all adds to the visitor experience and plays a vital role in encouraging visitors to return.” The awards are supported by the NWDA, Merseytravel, Liverpool ONE, ACC Liverpool and BBC Radio Merseyside. Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at the NWDA, said: “These awards recognise the best of the City Region‟s tourism businesses; the shortlisted finalists reflect the excellent quality and diverse range of visitor experiences to be found across the Northwest. They set the benchmark for others to follow and I hope we will once again have some strong contenders from Liverpool City Region at the regional awards later this year.” The Tourism Awards ceremony is a real celebration event, with a gala dinner, awards presentation and entertainment – and is the highlight of the Visitor Economy calendar. Tickets are on sale now, and there are category sponsorship opportunities available. 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TMP Tourism Awards 2010 Shortlist Guest Accommodation of the Year At Peel Hey Country Guest House (Wirral) Knowsley Hall (Knowsley) Mere Brook House (Wirral) Self Catering Accommodation of the Year BridgeStreet Worldwide (Liverpool) Heron's Well (Wirral) Merseyview Ltd (Wirral) Staybridge Suites (Liverpool) Hotel of the Year Hillbark Hotel (Wirral) Hope Street Hotel (Liverpool) Jury's Inn Liverpool (Liverpool) Malmaison Liverpool (Liverpool) Small Visitor Attraction Acorn Farm (Knowsley) Mersey Tunnel Tours (Liverpool) Port Sunlight Museum (Wirral) U-Boat Story (Wirral) Victoria Gallery & Museum (Liverpool) Large Visitor attraction FACT (Liverpool) Knowsley Safari Park (Knowsley) Liverpool Football Club (Liverpool) The Beatles Story (Liverpool) The Bluecoat (Liverpool) The Bug World Experience (Liverpool) Business Tourism Haydock Park Racecourse (St.Helens) The Conference Centre at LACE (Liverpool) The Gateway Conference Centre (Liverpool) Taste Liverpool 60 Hope Street (Liverpool) HOST (Liverpool) Maritime Dining Rooms (Liverpool) Upstairs at The Bluecoat (Liverpool) The London Carriage Works (Liverpool) Tourism Experience Dream (St.Helens) Keeper For The Day – Knowsley Safari Park (Knowsley) Liverpool ONE (Liverpool) World Museum Liverpool for „The Beat Goes on‟ and „Only a Game‟ (Liverpool) Tourism Event A Winter's Trail (District-wide) Creamfields (Halton) DaDa Fest (Liverpool) Southport Airshow (Sefton) Under and Over the Mersey 2009 (Liverpool/Wirral) Performance Venue Echo Arena Liverpool (Liverpool) Floral Pavilion (Wirral) Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre (Liverpool) Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool) Unity Theatre (Liverpool) Bar Alma De Cuba (Liverpool) Glassfire (Wirral) La Cubanita (Liverpool) Palm Sugar Lounge (Liverpool) The Wro Bar & Lounge (Wirral) Tourism Marketing Project ACC Liverpool (Liverpool) Ancient Egypt Gallery, World Museum Liverpool (Liverpool) Knowsley Safari Park (Knowsley) The Beatles Story (Liverpool) Tourism Retailer Liverpool Cathedral (Liverpool) Liverpool ONE (Liverpool) The Chocolate Cellar (Liverpool) World Museum Liverpool Shop (Liverpool) Sustainable Tourism Jury's Inn Liverpool (Liverpool) Merseytravel (District-wide) National Wildflower Centre (Knowsley) Excellence in Customer Service * Chris Thompson, Holiday Inn Runcorn, Halton Tracy Paynter, Acorn Farm, Knowsley Mark Harris, Sudley House, Liverpool Stuart Cockburn, Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, Sefton Elaine Tabern, Houghwood Golf, St. Helens Bridget Hardman, The Portrait House, Wirral * The Excellence in Customer Service Award has six finalists, each representing the districts of Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St.Helens and Wirral. The finalists have been judged on the level of service and commitment in their individual roles in attractions, hotels and restaurants.