Clifton Suspension Bridge wins Highly Commended Award for International Visitor Experience of the Year

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Record number of winners announced at Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards Ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Bath last night

Nearly 300 guests from the best tourism businesses across the Bristol, Bath and Somerset attended a black tie dinner and awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Bath last night.  Laura Rawlings, from BBC Radio Bristol, hosted the evening alongside Phil de Glanville, former Bath Rugby player, with sponsors presenting 86 hand crafted awards made by Shakspeare Glass.  Photos of the evening are available for free download here and details of the sponsors presenting can be seen here.

Somerset based organiser Nell Barrington said “last night I was just so excited and proud to be celebrating with these amazing tourism businesses.  The numbers of entries this year has increased by nearly a third so the competition was really tough and it was great to see so many turn out in force to celebrate their achievements.  My congratulations goes out to them all.”

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director at Bristol Airport, said:  “This year’s Awards were a fantastic showcase for Bristol, Bath and Somerset.  From small independents to major attractions, the range and quality of experiences on offer to visitors continues to impress.    With nearly 1.5 million journeys expected to be made by overseas passengers using Bristol Airport this year, it is clear that the tourism sector is a vital part of the regional economy.

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