Liverpool Cathedral will play host to the 2019 ceremony on Thursday, May 16, and there will be 17 award categories celebrating the best of the city region visitor economy
Entries are now open for the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2019 with new categories being introduced.
Liverpool Cathedral will play host to the 2019 ceremony on Thursday, May 16, and there will be 17 award categories. New for 2019 is the ‘Hidden Gem’ category which will be voted for by the public and will recognise the region’s ‘best kept secret’.
Other category changes include the previously named ‘Taste’ award being split into ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Cafe/Bistro of the Year’. The award for Tourism Event of the Year will also be split into large and small.
Peter Sandman, head of Visitor Economy for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “These awards have built up a strong reputation for rewarding and celebrating the very best of our impressive tourism sector.
“Holding the event in such a stunning venue will create a very special atmosphere and make next year’s awards unmissable. With entries now open I would strongly encourage all businesses to take a look at the application forms and get your entries in early.”
The 17 categories are:
- Hotel of the Year
- Serviced Apartment of the Year
- Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
- Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
- Restaurant of the Year
- Café of the Year
- Small Tourism Event of the Year
- Large Tourism Event of the Year
- Tourism Experience of the Year
- Bar / Pub of the Year
- Excellence in Business Tourism
- Entertainment Venue of the Year
- Independent Tourism Business of the Year
- Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy
- Hidden Gem (public vote)
- Tourism Star of the Year
- Tourism Young Person of the Year
The deadline for entries is Friday 18 January 2019 and entry forms are available from www.lcrtourismawards.com
Already confirmed as sponsors for 2019 are: ACC Liverpool, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Merseyrail, NatWest, Ticket Quarter, Wild Thang and Wirral Chamber of Commerce.