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Hundreds attend Wales' biggest tourism awards ceremony

Wales' biggest tourism awards ceremony was attended by 540 industry representatives in Swansea's Brangwyn Hall.

JohnHughesNov19

The 2019 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards celebrated the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry across Swansea Bay.

Around 4.7m people visited the area last year bringing nearly £448m into the local economy. This helped support over 5,700 jobs.

More than 8,000 awards nominations and business entries were received - the highest since the awards started 13 years ago.

The awards are organised in partnership between Swansea Council and the local tourism trade association Tourism Swansea Bay. The ceremony took place on Thursday, November 14. Host was entertainer and broadcaster Kev Johns MBE.

Tracey McNulty, the council's head of cultural services, said: "A Swansea Bay Tourism Award is testimony to an operator's commitment and dedication to making Swansea Bay a world-class visitor destination.

"The awards evening was a great addition to Swansea's 50th anniversary as a city celebrations.

"We thank all sponsors and friends of the awards. There was positive feedback from industry professionals who attended the awards night." 

"My congratulations go to all the nominees and winners in this year's Swansea Bay Tourism Awards which is a true partnership between public and private sectors."

Stephen Crocker, chairman of Tourism Swansea Bay, said: "It was good to see businesses and organisations who go the extra mile being recognised for their excellence.

"This is a highly competitive awards scheme and it gets harder to judge every year. The entries reflect the increasing quality of the tourism offer in Swansea Bay."

The awards are open to tourism businesses across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

This year's categories included best hotel, restaurant, live music venue, best attraction, dog-friendly business and young tourism ambassador.

Winners took home a handmade glass trophy and a certificate.

The awards attracted the most sponsors in its history. Sponsors included Development Bank of Wales, Castell Howell, Burns Pet Nutrition, JR Catering & Events, Harlequin Print, The Rake & Riddle, Buffoon Media, Traveline Cymru, Gower Brewery, Sherwood Florist, SA3 Photography, What's On in Swansea magazine, Total Sound Solutions, The Fountain Inn, Home from Home and TLC - The Training and Learning Company.

Head to www.swanseabaytourismawards.co.uk for more information.

Photo: John Hughes - Winner: Longstanding Services to Tourism in the 2019 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards.Photo: Hoosh Arabi.

 

Results - 2019 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards

 

BEST PLACES TO STAY

 

Hotels

 

Hotels - Large

Winner - Swansea Marriott Hotel

Highly Commended - Village Hotel Club Swansea

Hotels - Small

Winner - Oxwich Bay Hotel

Highly Commended - The Bluebell Hotel

Inns / Restaurants with Rooms

Winner - King Arthur Hotel

Highly Commended - The Fountain Inn

Guesthouses / B&B ' s

Winner - Parc-le-Breos House

Highly Commended - Cwtch Farm, The Barn B&B, Tides Reach Guesthouse

Self-Catering (1-2 units)

Winner - Promenade View

Highly Commended - Slade Barn, TyHiraeth, Bramwood Accessible Holiday Home

Self-Catering (3+ units)

Winner - Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages

Highly Commended - Cilhendre Fawr Farm, Croft Acre Cottages, Home from Home

Caravans and Campsites

Winner - Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park

Highly Commended - Greenways of Gower, Pitton Cross Caravan & Camping Park

 

BEST PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

 

Restaurants & Bistros

 

Restaurants

Winner - Beach House, Oxwich

Highly Commended - Britannia Inn, Langland Brasserie, The Cliff / Y Clogwyn

Bistros

Winner - The Bay Bistro & Coffee HouseHighly Commended - Copperfish, Mumbles Pier, Hoogah Café, Bar & Kitchen

Cafés and Tea Rooms

Winner - Three Cliffs Coffee Shop

Highly Commended - Cariad Café, Kardomah Café, The Lookout, Rhossili

Pub Food

Winner - The Plough & Harrow, Murton

Highly Commended - The Rake & Riddle, The Fountain Inn

 

Pubs & Bars

Pubs

Winner - The Brit, Cwmavon

Highly Commended - Britannia Inn,King Arthur Hotel

Bars

Winner - Brewstone

Highly Commended - Beer Riff, Nomad Bar & Kitchen

 

BEST THINGS TO SEE & DO

 

Activity Providers

 

Activity Providers - Single Activity

Winner - Gower Coast Adventures

Highly Commended - Langland Bay Golf Club, Swansea Footgolf

Activity Providers - Multi Activity

Winner - RipNRock

Highly Commended - Call of the Wild's Adventure Britain

 

Attractions

 

Attractions - Small

Winner - Dylan Thomas Birthplace 

Highly Commended - Aberdulais National Trust, Cinema & Co 

Attractions - Large

Winner - Margam Country Park

Highly Commended - Gower Heritage Centre, LC

 

Festival and Event

 

Festival and Event - Small

Winner - Gower Walking Festival

Highly Commended - Gower Bluegrass Festival

Festival and Event - Large

Winner - Wales Airshow

Highly Commended - Dragon Ride, Gower Show, JCP Swansea Half-Marathon

Live Music Venue

Winner - The Bunkhouse

Highly Commended - Sin City

 

Wedding Venue

 

Wedding Venues - Small

Winner - Ocean View

Highly Commended - King Arthur Hotel, Oxwich Bay Hotel

Wedding Venues - Large

Winner - Oldwalls Collection

Highly Commended - Swansea Marriott Hotel, The Orangery at Margam Country Park

New / Renewed Tourism Businesses

Winner - Plantasia

Highly Commended - GG's & The Estuary, Swansea Bus Museum

 

DEDICATION AND INSPIRATION

 

Dog-Friendly Tourism Businesses

Winner - Clyne Farm Centre

Highly Commended - Oxwich Bay Hotel, Pilton House Gower, Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park

 

Tourism Ambassadors

 

Tourism Ambassadors

Winner - Holly Hughes

Highly Commended - Peter Savage

Team Ambassadors

Winner - Home from Home

Highly Commended - Gower Tours, National Trust Gower

Longstanding Services to Tourism Award

John Hughes, of What's On in Swansea Magazine

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