Staffordshire Moorlands businesses scoop tourism awards

SELF-CATERING holiday providers in the Staffordshire Moorlands are among the recipients of 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

The winners of 13 categories were announced by the host, BBC Midlands Today newsreader Joanne Malin, before an audience of more than 100 guests in the Arboretum’s new Aspects Conference Centre.

Lower Micklin Touring Park in Denstone was the Holiday Park/Glamping Provider of the Year, while Beechenhill Farm in Ilam, Staffordshire Moorlands won the Sustainable Tourism Award, and Keele University Events & Conferencing were successful in the Business Tourism category.

Mark Winnington, cabinet member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council and deputy chair of Enjoy Staffordshire said: “Staffordshire is a great county with amazing attractions and locations that we are all very proud of.

“The annual Staffordshire tourism awards are a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate all the great things about the sector and I’d like to thank and congratulate all our winners.  And, like previous years, the winners will automatically go through to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, so fingers crossed for them too.”

Sarah Montgomery, Chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Tourism continues to be a major part of the County’s economic landscape, employing just under 32000 jobs and generating £1.8billion a year for the local economy.

“Without the dedication and hard work of our tourism businesses this would not be possible, so it was a pleasure to celebrate and reward your success once again.”

The 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards were sponsored by Pear Communications.