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Staffordshire's best tourism businesses crowned at awards

Drayton Manor Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden, and Swinfen Hall Hotel were among the winners at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

The event, which took place last night at the National Memorial Arboretum's new Aspects Conference Centre last night (22 November), recognises the best the county has to offer. 

Drayton Manor Park won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award, The Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle was Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, and Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall Hotel was Hotel of the Year.

The Best Tourism Experience Award winner was Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and the Guided Tour of the Year Award went to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Self-Catering Holiday Property of the Year was Dalraddy Cottage, South Staffordshire, and Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year was Heywood Hall in Denstone, East Staffordshire.

The Bed & Breakfast of the Year went to Amber House B&B in Alrewas, and St John’s House, Lichfield was named the Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year.

Lower Micklin Touring Park in Denstone was the Holiday Park/Glamping Provider of the Year, while Beechenhill Farm in Ilam, Staffordshire Moorlands won the Sustainable Tourism Award, and Keele University Events & Conferencing were successful in the Business Tourism category.

And Drayton Manor Park won the Inclusive Tourism Award, their second award of the day.

Sarah Montgomery, Chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Well done to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered this year’s awards for your unwavering commitment to providing the best possible experience for visitors to Staffordshire.

“Tourism continues to be a major part of the County’s economic landscape, employing just under 32000 jobs and generating £1.8billion a year for the local economy.

“Without the dedication and hard work of our tourism businesses this would not be possible, so it was a pleasure to celebrate and reward your success once again.”

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