The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards has published its shortlist recognising 84 of the best companies and individuals across the city region’s tourism industry, a sector said to be worth £3.2bn. The list is the longest in the awards history.
In the hotel of the year category, Aloft Liverpool, Hope Street Hotel, Hotel Indigo Liverpool, Malmaison Liverpool, Ramada Plaza Southport and the Titanic Hotel Liverpool are all shortlisted.
The shortlisted businesses now go forward to the final judging panel, with the award ceremony taking place on 19 May in St George’s Hall. There are 16 categories in all and the final awards ceremony is expected to attract over 550 guests on the night.
This year’s judging panel is comprised of notable figures from the city region, including Sara Wilde McKeown, MD at Influential and 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, MD of Eventful, organiser of the event, said: “The calibre of entries for this year’s event was incredibly high and we are pleased to announce the shortlist which includes lots of familiar, and new, faces. In fact, we’ve got more shortlisted companies than ever before due to the quality of entries”.
“The awards are always a fantastic night and a real tribute to the amazing businesses that comprise the city region’s visitor economy. We’re very much looking forward to engaging in the process of whittling the shortlisted companies down to the winners.”
The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards is also calling out for the general public to nominate individuals or tourism businesses that provided outstanding service in 2015.
In addition to the 16 categories shortlisted, there is a People’s Choice Award, a category voted for by the public. Deadline for voting in this category is 1 April: www.lcrtourismawards.com