Local tourism sector praised after businesses are shortlisted for industry awards

Coombe Abbey Hotel, FarGo Village and more destinations have been shortlisted for awards.

Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England 

The tourism sector in Coventry and Warwickshire has been praised after numerous businesses are shortlisted for industry awards.

Members of Shakespeare’s England, the Destination Management Organisation for South Warwickshire, are being celebrated after reaching the shortlist for a travel industry awards. 

Hotels, attractions and businesses from across the region have been shortlisted for the West Midlands Tourism Awards, hosted by the West Midlands Growth Company, which will announce the winners on 26 February.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has been named as a finalist for three awards including the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award, Experience of the Year and Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

Coombe Abbey Hotel has made it to the final round for the Business Events Venue of the Year Award and Large Hotel of the Year, alongside the Eden Hotel Collection’s Mallory Court Hotel and Spa in Leamington. 

Other members including Dallas Burston Polo Club’s Millstone Hare and Stratford’s The Howard Arms have had their success praised after being shortlisted for the Pub of the Year Award. 

A spotlight has also been shone on the city’s FarGo Village and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall having been shortlisted for the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category alongside the new Baraset Barn, which opened in Stratford earlier this year, for the Small Hotel of the Year Award.

The region’s international tourism assets have been recognised as Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Go Cotswolds Tour have been shortlisted for the International Tourism Awards.

New additions to the region’s tourism industry have also been commended for their success since opening, with Hotel Indigo in Stratford and Shakespeare Distillery both being shortlisted for the New Tourism Business Award. 

Another win for the region’s tourism sector is for Stratford Town Walks which has been named as the best-guided walking tour in the West Midlands at the Travel and Tourism Awards, hosted by LUX Life.

Coach Operator, Johnsons Coaches, has won big at the British Coach Tourism Awards, scooping the Coach Operator of the Year award and were highly commended in the Family Business Awards for service excellence and Family Business of the Year. 

Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England, said, “It has been a successful year for tourism in Warwickshire, with so many Shakespeare’s England members being recognised for their hard work in driving visitors to the area. 

“Shakespeare’s England is sponsoring the West Midlands Tourism Awards so it is wonderful to see so many members have entered and are receiving the recognition they deserve across the categories.

“The tourism industry in Warwickshire is worth over £700 million to the local economy and employs 13,000 people so it is important that we continue to shout about the incredible hotels, attractions and businesses that we have here to keep encouraging tourists from across the globe to visit.

“We look forward to celebrating the winners on the evening, and would like to say good luck to all those shortlisted!”