During this year we’ve drawn attention to the awards being given to organizations in tourism and two more have been announcing, the Welsh National Tourism awards and Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards.
Because, although in many cases it is dependent on who was nominated and therefore could leave out those who don’t enter for one reason or another, at least some thought has been given as to whether they deserve to win. Winning often gets an organization more business, hence the reason to enter.
In Wales, the Big Pit in Blaenavon won the award for providing the most memorable experience and Cardiff International White Water won the best visitor experience award. Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire won the best family day out and the Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival won the best community fixture and the Hay Festival won the best event.
Accommodation is so important to the enjoyment of any holiday and it was The Grove in Narberth that won the award for the best place to stay in the large accommodation category whilst the award in the small category went to Fynnon in Dolgellau. In the caravanning and camping category, Yr Helyg in Abersoch on the Lleyn peninsular won the award and Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire won in the self-catering category for large units. The award for the best small provider went to Monmouthshire Cottages at Tintern.
At the AOA awards, it was Newcastle Airport that won the best small airport award and Glasgow won in the large airport category. The other awards given were to backroom companies, essential in keeping an airport functioning but which the airport passenger will never probably know about.