In the Large Hotel category, The Bristol won over The Bath Priory and in the Venue & Business category The Bristol beat Bristol’s top tourist attraction Brunel’s SS Great Britain, reflecting the importance of the hotel’s extensive meeting facilities – a dedicated conference centre with eight rooms offering great flexibility and the possibility of hosting up to 400 delegates in the Ballroom.
Hundreds of businesses from all over Bristol, Bath and Somerset had entered the Awards, which were launched to help raise the profile of the area and recognise its top operators. The Bristol will now be automatically entered into the matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017, opening up the chance to go on to represent Bristol, Bath and Somerset at the National VisitEngland Awards later next year.
The awards included 20 different categories, reflecting the diversity of the region’s tourism industry. Entrants went through a three-stage judging process that took into account websites, reviews, social media and a widespread programme of mystery visits by industry experts. All the evidence was then presented to a distinguished judging panel, which made the final decision. The awards were announced by Laura Rawlings of BBC Radio Bristol, who hosted the event.
General Manager Mark Payne said, “I am thrilled to accept these awards on behalf of the entire team at The Bristol. The judges were very thorough in their appraisal of every submission, examining marketing tools, external review sites and the hotel itself through unannounced visits, so I can safely say that every member of the team, from the sales and marketing team through to the front of house and kitchen brigade, has contributed to tonight’s success and I would like to thank them for it”.