A HOST of Worcester based businesses are among the 42 shortlisted for the annual Worcestershire Tourism Awards.
This years awards – in partnership with VisitEngland Awards of Excellence – saw a record number of entries progress to a judging stage where industry professionals will decide the winners alongside a highly commended category.
Worcester business nominated include Aztec Adventure for experience of the year, new tourism business of the year and small visitor attraction of the year.
The Piston Distillery, Axe Junkies and Top Escape Rooms have been shortlisted for experience of the year and Worcester Cathedral has been nominated for large visitor attraction of the year.
Crumplebury has been nominated for business events venue of the year and the ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism award.
Stanbrook Abbey Hotel has also been shortlisted for business events venue of the year and large hotel of the year.
Lastly, The Fox and Hounds at Lulsley is up for pub of the year, Green Cow Kitchens is in with a chance of winning the taste of Worcestershire award and Redhill Holidays is shortlisted for camping, glamping and holiday park of the year.
Winners will be announced at the annual black-tie event, hosted at Ombersley Court on Friday 15th March.
The awards celebrate Worcestershire’s tourism sector which includes hotels, attractions, pubs, restaurants, glamping/camping sites, self-catering accommodation and much more.
Councillor Marc Bayliss, cabinet member for economy, infrastructure and skills at Worcestershire County Council, said: “The Tourism Awards is now an established event which rewards and celebrates our business community.
“The shortlisted businesses demonstrate the quality of offering for potential visitors and the national influence that Worcestershire has for the wider visitor economy.
“Congratulations to all shortlisted businesses and I look forward to the event.”
All Worcestershire winners will be put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards of Excellence, with the chance of being shortlisted among the best in England.