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5:00pm Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
PERSHORE’S Plum Festival has been honoured for its success at the Worcestershire Welcome Awards.
Event organisers were presented with the Best Tourism Event and Festival Award during a ceremony at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium last Thursday.
Angela Tidmarsh, tourism officer at Wychavon District Council, said: “We are over the moon with the award. To win two years in a row is fantastic. We will strive to make it bigger and better next year and hope to do well in the national awards later this year.”
Other winners included the Cotswold Conference Centre in Broadway, which won the Business Tourism Award and was highly commended in the Sustainable Tourism Award.
Richard Howdle, operations manager at the centre, said: “The staff are rightly very proud of these accolades.”
Destination Worcestershire’s Simon Tipple said: “It’s been a great year for the county.
“Not only have we benefited from a Royal visit as well as the Olympic Torch procession, we’ve also had the opening of The Hive in Worcester.”
All of the winners were presented with plaques and all the finalists received a framed certificate. The winners will also be fast-tracked to the final stages of VisitEngland’s national Awards for Excellence.
Bed and Breakfast/ Guest Accommodation of the Year: Winner: Treherne House, Malvern Highly Commended: Kateshill House, Bewdley Commended: Overwood, Bromsgrove Best Tourism Event & Festival Award: Winner: Pershore Plum Festival Highly Commended: Worcestershire Literary Festival Commended: Worcester Festival Hotel of the Year: Winner: Brockencote Hall Highly Commended: The Cottage in the Wood Commended: The Elms Hotel & Spa Visitor Attraction of the Year: Winner: Severn Valley Railway Highly Commended: Malvern Theatres Commended: Cob House Fisheries, Wichenford Self Catering Holiday of the Year: Winner: The Malvern Retreat Highly Commended: Forest View Retreat, near Kidderminster Commended: Pitlands Farm, Clifton-upon-Teme Tastes of Worcestershire: Winner: The Hop Pole Inn, Bewdley Highly Commended: Pear Tree Catering (The Orchard Cafe / The Hive) Commended: The Greenhouse Cafe at Holloways, Suckley Sustainable Tourism Award: Winner: The Fold, Bransford Highly Commended: Cotswold Conference Centre, Broadway Commended: Malvern Theatres Outstanding Customer Service Award: Winner: Bewdley Tourist Information Centre Highly Commended: The Hop Pole Inn, Bewdley Commended: Pear Tree Catering (The Orchard Cafe/The Hive) Business Tourism Award: Winner: Cotswold Conference Centre, Broadway Highly Commended: Wild Wood Rooms, Worcester Commended: Malvern Theatres Tourism Business Website of the Year: Winner: Malvern Theatres Highly Commended: Severn Valley Railway Commended: Cob House