This year’s Manchester Tourism awards took place on Tuesday Evening at the glittering awards ceremony held at the National Football Museum.
Hosted by Marketing Manchester, The Lowry Hotel took home the coveted ‘Hotel of the Year’, while The Place Aparthotel, located next to Piccadilly Station was confirmed as the ‘Serviced Apartments of the Year.’
The Lowry was named the ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ as the judges felt the arts venue had an exemplary overall application and was commended for its strong links with the local community.
BBC Tours at MediaCityUK was applauded for its impressive staff training programme and collected the ‘Small Visitor Attraction’ award.
The award for ‘Business Tourism’ went to The University of Manchester Conferences and Venues. Judges praised the organisation for its role in developing the international profile of the city through its significant portfolio of conference and event venues and for presenting clear evidence of sustainability and accessibility.
The ‘Sustainable Tourism’ award went to Novotel Manchester Centre which was noted for its purposeful dedication to the environment.
Manchester International Festival and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair were triumphant in the large and small ‘Event of the Year’ categories. ‘Restaurant of the Year’ went to the renowned Manchester House and ‘Best Entertainment Venue of the Year’ to The Met, in Bury.
The award for ‘Tourism Retailer of the Year’ went to Afflecks, noted as a USP for Manchester and committed to nurturing the growth of small businesses, complimented by excellent use of social media and the introduction of an online shop to target tourists.
The Wandering Duck Canal Boat Experience received the ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ award as judges were captivated by the innovative and highly original experience on offer and the team’s devotion to the customer.