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Friday, February 3, 2006
Greater Manchester's Tourism Industry Celebrate in Style
Vernon Kay and Andrew Stokes at the Manchester Tourism Awards 2006

Winners of the 2006 Manchester Tourism Awards are today celebrating, after last night's lavish awards ceremony hosted by television and radio star Vernon Kay.

The Awards, which were organised by Marketing Manchester, the Tourist Board for Greater Manchester, took place at Manchester's International Convention Centre (MICC) and despite the February weather attracted over 400 high profile guests. With the support of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and numerous sponsors, the evening was the perfect opportunity to recognise and celebrate the high levels of investment in quality and outstanding contributions to tourism in the region.

The thirteen Award categories included four new categories for 2006: Bar of the Year, won by Panacea; Restaurant of the Year, won by The River Restaurant at the Lowry Hotel; Tourism Retailer of the Year, awarded to The Trafford Centre and The Manchester Recommends Award, as voted for by readers of the Manchester Evening News and won by The Manchester Blue Badge Guides.

Other winners included Urbis for Tourism Website of the Year, The Salford Triathlon for the Tourism Event of the Year and The Lowry for the Business Tourism Award.

The Radisson Edwardian and Great John Street Hotel claimed the titles of Large Hotel and Small Hotel of the Year respectively, while Jumbles Country Park B&B; in Bolton picked up the award for Bed and Breakfast of the Year.

Other regional winners included Stockport's Hat Works for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and Redhouse Farm Shop and Tea Rooms for the Taste of Manchester Award. Finally the stunning Imperial War Museum North won the accolade of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

A number of the Manchester Award winners will go on to be entered into the England's Northwest Tourism Awards 2006, to be held in October this year.

Andrew Stokes, chief executive, Marketing Manchester comments:

"The evening was considered a huge success by winners and guests alike and was a celebration of what makes the city-region so appealing to visitors. Tourism within the Greater Manchester region is growing with every passing year and is testament to the winners energy and enthusiasm for their product."

Peter Mearns, director of marketing at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), comments:

"Tourism is a major success story for the Northwest and Manchester plays a significant role in that success. It is a pleasure to see the hard work and commitment of professionals in the industry being recognised and rewarded by these awards.

These awards celebrate some of the best of what Manchester, and the Northwest, has to offer. The winners should be justifiably proud of their achievements and I wish the best of luck to those that go on to the regional awards."

Manchester Tourism Awards 2006 Press Release
Press & PR Team
Marketing Manchester
Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street
Manchester
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press@marketing-manchester.co.uk
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The 2006 Manchester Tourism Awards are organised by Marketing Manchester, the Tourist Board for Greater Manchester and supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

List of Winners:
Large Hotel of the Year, sponsored by NCP Manchester Ltd
- The Radisson Edwardian
Small Hotel of the Year, sponsored by LateRooms Limited
- Great John Street Hotel
Bed and Breakfast of the Year, sponsored by Manchester Hoteliers Association
- Jumbles Country Park B & B
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, sponsored by Virgin Trains
- Imperial War Museum North
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, sponsored by the Trafford Centre
- The Hat Works
Tourism Website of the Year, sponsored by Manchester Airport
- Urbis
Tourism Event of the Year, sponsored by Manchester Arndale
- The Salford Triathlon
Manchester Recommends, sponsored by Manchester Evening News
- The Blue Badge Guides
Bar of the Year, sponsored by Manchester City Centre Management Company
- Panacea
Taste of Manchester Award, sponsored by North West Fine Foods
- Redhouse Farm Shop and Tea Rooms
Business Tourism Award, sponsored by British Airways Connect
- The Lowry
Tourism Retailer of the Year
- The Trafford Centre
Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Manchester City Centre Management Company
- The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel

Marketing Manchester is The Tourist Board for Greater Manchester. It is the agency charged with promoting Greater Manchester on a national and international scale.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England's Northwest and has 5 key priorities: Business Development, Regeneration, Skills & Employment, Infrastructure and Image. For more information or to view press releases, go to www.nwda.co.uk.
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