National Tourism Awards for Wales 2013 – shorlist



Booooom! Celtic Quest Coasteering has been shortlisted for two National Tourism Awards for Wales….
Best Visitor Experience Award & Technology in Tourism Award 😀

A record number of Welsh tourism businesses have entered this year’s National Tourism Awards for Wales, with 59 now shortlisted for the prestigious awards.
Over 420 applications were made for the 19 National Tourism Award categories that will name the Best Place to Eat, the Best Place to Stay, the Best Visitor Experience and the Regional Tourism Awards, among others.
The awards are staged by Visit Wales, in partnership with the Wales Tourism Alliance and in commercial partnership with Quadrant Media and Communications, to recognise and reward the very best in Welsh tourism.
In total, there are 15 businesses short-listed from the Capital Region, which covers South East Wales, 12 from mid Wales, 16 from North Wales and 16 from South West Wales.
The short-listed businesses were officially announced today (Monday 17 June 2013) at the launch of the new tourism strategy for Wales by Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart. The strategy ‘Partnership for Growth’ has set the vision for the industry and Welsh Government to work in partnership to increase visitor spend to Wales.
The Minister said: “It’s fantastic to see such a high number of entries for this year’s National Tourism Awards for Wales. What’s more, the quality of those entries was outstanding. We are very fortunate in Wales to have a tourism sector of such high calibre. The shortlisted businesses are prime examples of quality businesses, helping to drive higher tourism earnings for the Welsh economy. We look forward to unveiling the winners in November.”
A panel of independent judges whittled down all entries into the announced shortlist. The finalists from that shortlist will be unveiled at the National Tourism Awards for Wales awards ceremony at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on 21 November 2013, where the overall winners will be crowned.

Best Event Abergavenny Food Festival

World Alternative Games

Always Aim High Events Ltd

Best Place to Eat – Café The Old Station, Tintern

The Bakers’ Table

Caffi Florence

Quayside Tearoom

Best Place to Eat – Pub The Bell at Skenfrith

The Cricketers

Y Ffarmers

Bryn Tyrch Inn Limited

The Stackpole Inn

Best Place to Eat – Restaurant Llansantffraed Court

The Walnut Tree

The Checkers – Restaurant with Rooms

The Falcondale Hotel and Restaurant

Signatures Restaurant

Tyddyn Llan

Sosban Ltd

The Grove Narberth

Best Place to Stay – Guest Accommodation Nanteos Mansion

Escape Boutique B&B

Llwyn Helyg Country House

Best Place to Stay – Holiday, touring and camping parks Plassey Holiday Park

Llwynifan Farm, South Wales Caravan Park

Quay West Holiday Park

Best Place to Stay – bunkhouses, hostels and alternative Hidden Valley Yurts

Cosy Under Canvas

Trellyn Woodland Camping

Best Place to Stay – Hotel Vale Resort

Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

St Brides Spa Hotel

Best Place to Stay – Self Catering Lon Lodges

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and Cottages

Ffynnon Partners

Best Visitor Experience Cardiff City FC

Zip World

Celtic Quest Coasteering

Business Tourism Operator Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Venue Cymru

Bluestone National Park Resort

Most Successful Tourism Team Trecco Bay Holiday Park

Gwesty Cymru

Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel and Spa

Folly Farm Leisure Limited

Regional Tourism Award Doctor Who Experience, BBC Worldwide

Welsh Whisky Company

Bwlch Nant yr Arian

Y Talbot, Tregaron

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

National Slate Museum

Dan-yr-Ogof, The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Llwyn Helyg Country House

Technology in Tourism Award Celtic Manor Resort

Your Tourism Community Ltd

Celtic Quest Coasteering

Young Entrepreneur Award Llanerch Vineyard – Ryan Davies

Adventure Beyond – Jethro Moore

RibRide – Phil Scott & Tom Ashwell