Visit Herts Tourism Awards 2017

We are delighted to reveal the winners of the first ever Herts Tourism Awards 2017.

Following a round of public voting to find the best attractions, accommodation and pubs in the county, six winners were announced at the awards ceremony in London on Friday 24th November.

The categories and winners were:

Rest Your Head Award Sponsored by M Assessment Services (Small Accommodation Provider of the Year)

  • The Camping & Caravanning Club
  • Emerald Cottages
  • Home Farm Glamping (winner)

Happy Family Award (Family Friendly Business of the Year)

  • Willows Activity Farm (winner)
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London
  • Natural History Museum, Tring

Big Sleep Award (Large Accommodation Provider of the Year)

  • Down Hall Hotel & Spa
  • The Grove Hotel (winner)
  • Cromwell Hotel, Stevenage

Big Day Out Award (Large Visitor Attraction of the Year)

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London
  • Lee Valley White Water Centre
  • Knebworth House (winner)

Hidden Gem Award (Small Visitor Attraction of the Year)

  • Henry Moore Studios and Gardens
  • Mill Green Museum and Mill (winner)
  • Standalone Farm

Raising the Bar Award (Tourism Pub of the Year)

  • Alford Arms, Frithsden
  • The Golden Fleece
  • Ye Olde Fighting Cocks (winner)

The awards were devised and launched by destination specialists Go To Places - who deliver Visit Herts - to reward exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding visitor experiences within the local tourism industry.

Dozens of Hertfordshire businesses submitted entries to the awards, and a panel of independent tourism judges from outside the county selected the final shortlist for each category. More than 4,300 people voted the ultimate winners on social media and the Visit Herts website. 

All Herts finalists attended an afternoon tea reception at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, with tea, cakes and Biddenden Vineyards English sparkling wine, before the winners of each category for Hertfordshire were finally revealed

The winners will now also get the chance to go forward to the national Awards for Excellence operated by VisitEngland (subject to VisitEngland eligibility criteria).

Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE, CEO of Go To Places, said: “We were thrilled by the response to these awards in their first year, from the number of applications and nominations to the huge response from the public to vote for the winners, all rounded off with a wonderful celebratory ceremony.

“The tourism industry deserves to be championed, and we hope these awards inspire more business to deliver incredible visitor experiences, and more people to explore the big and small gems on their doorstep.”

The awards were sponsored by M Assessments - Quality in Tourism, Biddenden Vineyards, Brachers, Heart FM, Quin Estates, Shepherd Neame, Sleeping Giant Media, and Pillory Barn.

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