2017 WREXHAM TOURISM AWARD WINNERS!

Destination Wrexham team launch 2017 Year of Legends and celebrate growing tourism scene in 3rd annual awards at Chirk Castle!

The 3rd annual Wrexham County Borough tourism awards returned this week and 14 local businesses were recognised for their immense work in giving visitors a great experience in Wrexham.  

 

The prestigious ceremony to celebrate the continued growth in the local industry was staged at Chirk Castle to coincide with the Welsh Year of Legends 2017.

In January, over 60 local tourism businesses put themselves forward for the awards and a shortlist was drawn up based on the quality of service and impact which they have each made on the local tourism industry over the last year.

Hosted by Heart Radio's Oli from drive time, the awards were presented by Jim Jones (North Wales Tourism) and Joe Bickerton & Amanda Davies (Wrexham Council Tourism, Events & Marketing).

We caught up with Joe and Amanda before the awards to ask about the vital role these businesses (and events) play in boosting the economy of Wrexham.  Joe said; "As much as we can shout about how our County Borough is a great place to visit for leisure and business - we rely heavily on the service and welcome that our businesses provide,  From the greeting in the cab from the station through to the goodbye when checking out of a local hotel - we want visitors to remember Wrexham for the right reasons and fortunately that is what's continually happening."   Amanda added that events are a major reason for new visitors heading into Wrexham, she said "we've a long track record of staging great events here in Wrexham, but more recently we're learning (from the businesses that we work with) that the economic impact is getting bigger as we attract more significant events and there are benefits for all of us.  It's a great time to be leading a team in this industry!"

 

Destination Wrexham Chair - Pete McGivern from the Bridge End Inn Ruabon added; "The County Borough is growing each year in terms of new visitors staying & spending - we still have challenges, but there's a massive network in place now through things like the tourism ambassador scheme which is helping.  2017 promises another strong year of growth and these awards will just further help the awareness of Wrexham as a place with real quality in abundance."

2017 Awards Winners!

Outstanding Achievement

Outstanding Achievement: Jeannie Chantler - Bangor on Dee Racecourse

Customer Service Award - Apollo Taxis

Best Large Event

Best Large Event - Stereophonics and Catfish & the Bottlemen

Best Small Event

Best Small Event - Victorian Christmas Market

Best Visitor Attraction

Best Visitor Attraction - Chirk Castle

Best Pub

Best Pub - The Fat Boar Wrecsam

Award for Sourcing Local Food

Award for Sourcing Local Produce - The Lemon Tree Wrexham

Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award : Peta Hearn - Trevor Basin Visitor Centre

Best Cafe / Tea Room

Best Cafe / Tea Room: La Baguette Wrexham

Best Restaurant

Best Restaurant : The Hand Llanarmon

Best Use of Social Media

Best Use of Social Media : King Street Coffee

Best Large Accommodation

Best Large Accommodation : The Mulberry Inn

Best Small Accommodation

Best Small Accommodation : Worthenbury Manor B&B

Best Self Catering

Best Self Catering : The Plassey Leisure Park

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