On Thursday 1st November, the highly anticipated Nottinghamshire Hospitality STARS Awards took place at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham, celebrating the achievements of Nottinghamshire’s thriving tourism and hospitality sector, which employs over 22,000 people and is worth more than £1.8bn.

Back by popular demand, the awards were organised by Visit Nottinghamshire, the city and county’s official tourism body, and produced in affiliation with the Nottingham Hospitality Association and the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

2018 had seen a record-breaking year of nominations, with some awards categories receiving as many as 11 applications from businesses battling it out to win prestigious awards such as Hotel of the Year

The event was hosted by TV and Radio Presenter Iain Chambers and high-profile guest speakers included the Chairman of the VisitEngland Advisory Board, Denis Wormwell, and Director for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Sandy Mahal.

The glamorous black-tie event offered guests an excellent opportunity for networking, publicity and inspiration. Attendees included the shortlisted businesses from each of the 15 awards categories, many of which came out in force, with large numbers of their employees present to celebrate their achievements and enjoy the evening together.

Winners of each category received a trophy and can now expect invaluable press and promotional opportunities for their business as they are able to announce the prestigious accolades and titles – such as Tourism Pub of the Year - that they have gained.

The event generated so much excitement that the official hashtag, #NottinghamSTARS18, was trending on social media that evening as the attendees enthusiastically shared photographs, wished each other good luck ahead of the announcements and congratulated the winners, including those who had beaten them in their own categories - contributing to the warm and positive atmosphere at the event.

Brendan Moffet, Chief Executive at Marketing NG, said:

“As the official destination marketing organisation for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, we were delighted to showcase the quality of our amazing tourism and hospitality businesses who we are proud to have as members. The sector has grown significantly in recent years and we look forward to working with Visit England and our members to drive further growth. The Marketing NG team worked incredibly hard to make this event such a huge success and we look forward to doing it all again next year.”

Congratulations to all the winners:

Nottinghamshire International Travel Trade Award – Ezekial Bone and Cultural Heritage Tours Ltd

Bed & Breakfast of the Year – Bridleways Guesthouse

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year – Sherwood Hideaway

New Tourism Business – Museum of Timekeeping

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year – Lace Market Hotel

Business/Conference Venue Tourism – De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre

Tourism Pub of the Year – Canalhouse

Inclusive Tourism – Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall

Sustainable Tourism – Castle Rock Brewery

Guided Tour of the Year – Ezekial Bone for his Robin Hood Town Tour

Taste of Nottinghamshire – Castle Gate Gin

Visitor Attraction of the Year – Rufford Abbey Country Park

Hotel of the Year – Hart’s

Rising Star: Front of House – Lovelle Anderson Campbell from Hilton Nottingham

Rising Star: Unsung Hero – Claire Felton from Park Plaza

Nottinghamshire Hospitality STARS Awards 2018

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