The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards has announced an 84-strong shortlist to recognise the best of the region’s tourism industry.
Taking place at St George’s Hall on 19 May, the awards cover 16 different categories, with the winners chosen by a judging panel made up of notable figures from the city region.
Top categories include Bar of the Year, Entertainment Venue of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
In addition to the 16 main categories, The People’s Choice Award is also up for grabs – the only category voted for by the public and honours the individuals and tourism businesses achieving excellence in customer service in the Liverpool City Region.
The judging panel has been chosen from across the city region and includes Sara Wilde McKeown, chair of the Visitor Economy Board, Donna Howitt, business performance director at Liverpool ONE and Robin Tudor, head of PR at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Cathryn O’Grady, managing director of Eventful, which is organising the event, says: “The calibre of entries for this year’s event was incredibly high and we’re pleased to announce the shortlist which includes lots of familiar and new faces.
“The awards are always a fantastic night and a real tribute to the amazing businesses that comprise the city region’s visitor economy.”
Well-known venues shortlisted in the 16 categories include The Brink in the Bar of the Year category, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for Entertainment Venue of the Year and Hope Street Hotel in the Hotel of the Year category.
Peter Collard, general manager of Bubbles’ World of Play, which has been nominated in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and the Tourism Star (s) of the Year categories, says: “I’m really proud of everything Bubbles’ World of Play has achieved in the past three years, so to be shortlisted in not one, but two categories at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards is a real honour.
“There are some big names in the categories we’re nominated in, so it’s brilliant that the centre is considered so highly in the Liverpool City Region. We’re particularly pleased to have been recognised in the Tourism Star of the Year category which recognises the fantastic work of our outstanding party team.”