The awards give us the chance to celebrate North Wales’ best tourism and hospitality businesses and the valuable contribution they make to the growing visitor economy.
We plan to hold a celebratory event and awards ceremony in November 2022 where the winners will be announced.
If you have any queries relating to the Go North Wales Tourism awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Criteria Scoring will be based on 7 elements:
1 – Use of innovation – can be defined as the process of introducing new or significantly improved goods or services and/or implementing new or significantly improved processes plus impact the innovation has had on the business
2 – Engaging with the Local Community – looking at the social benefits you provide to your local community and the benefits of this to your own business
3 – Sustainability – both environmental and business
4 – Achievements – awards, accolades, including grading
5 – Skills – Investment in staff training and development
6 – Social inclusivity – taking into consideration visitors’ special and specific needs, remembering that this is more than ‘special needs’ or disabled facilities it is the act of making all groups of people within a society feel valued and important.
7 – Overall Quality – to include reference to UGC sites reviews.
Go Hotel of the Year
This category recognises excellence in hotel providers who can demonstrate what they have done to provide a truly memorable visitor experience.
Sponsored by Castell Howell Foods Ltd
Welsh family business Castell Howell Foods have grown to become Wales’ leading independent foodservice wholesaler. Investing in local and regional produce is a core value and they’re proud to offer one of the biggest ranges in the sector. Their passion for the industry is clear and they continually work to exceed all expectations with quality products, competitive prices and exceptional customer service.
Go B&B / Inn of the Year
This category recognises excellence in B&B/Inn businesses who can demonstrate what they have done provide a truly memorable visitor experience.
Sponsored by Colliers
By blending local knowledge with national and international coverage, Colliers live up to our reputation as the leading property advisor to the hospitality industry in North Wales.
For specialist advice and to find out how we can help your business deliver, please contact 0161 831 3333 or visit www.colliers.com/uk/hotels. Proud sponsors of the Best B&B/Inn of the Year category at this year’s Go North Wales Tourism Awards.
Go Self Catering of the Year
This category recognises excellence in self-catering accommodation businesses who can demonstrate what they have done to provide a truly memorable visitor experience.
Sponsored by Pario Leisure Group
Pario Leisure is a family run business on the North Wales Coast.
Go Holiday Park of the Year
This category recognises excellence in holiday park accommodation businesses who can demonstrate what they have done to provide a truly memorable visitor experience.
Sponsored by Thornley Leisure Parks
Thornley Leisure Parks was dreamt up by William and Dorothy Thornley in 1962, after holidaying in North Wales for many years they decided to turn their passion into a business. 60 years later they are one of the largest familyrun leisure park operators in the business!
Now into the third generation, Thornley Leisure Parks keeps its traditional values at its core, providing 5 star caravan holidays across North Wales, Mid Wales, Cheshire & North Yorkshire.
Go Caravan, Camping or Glamping
This category recognises excellence in caravan or holiday parks that offer cabin and tenting accommodation who can demonstrate what they have done to provide a truly memorable visitor experience.
Sponsored by Tan y Bryn Caravan and Camping Ltd
Tan y Bryn is a family run Glamping and Touring Park. Offering luxury glamping and touring with jaw dropping scenery, first class facilities and incredible customer service.
Go Attraction of the Year
This category recognises excellence in attractions businesses who can demonstrate what they have done to provide a truly memorable visitor experience.
Sponsored by Development Bank of Wales
The Development Bank of Wales provides a range of investment support for Welsh businesses, from hospitality and visitor attractions to cafes, restaurants and transport providers. Its dedicated £50m Wales Tourism Investment Fund offers flexible long-term project finance, with loans available from £100k to £5m to help upgrade or create new major tourism assets for Wales.
Go Activity of the Year
This category recognises excellence in activity businesses who can demonstrate what they have done to provide a truly memorable visitor experience.
Sponsored by Design2Print
Founded in 1991, North Wales design and print business design2print has designed and produced thousands if not millions of business cards, flyers, brochures, folders and other materials for people across the UK. At design2print our in-house graphic design studio will take fledgling ideas and develop them into brands and designs you can be proud of. With a wealth of commercial and non-profit client experience, design2print graphic designers have created everything from shop signs to innovative marketing brands for large organisations.
Go Best Event of the Year Award
This category is open to successful festivals and events that have helped to enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and created economic impact for the destination.
Sponsored by Penderyn Distillery Llandudno
Penderyn Distillery – The Home of Welsh Whisky
Penderyn Distillery first started distilling in 2000, which made Penderyn the first distillery in Wales for over 100 years. In May 2021 they opened their award-winning Penderyn Distillery on Lloyd Street, in the heart of Llandudno.
They’re open seven days a week, where you can take part in one of their distillery tours, book yourself onto one of their whisky masterclasses or visit their shop to buy award-winning single malt Welsh whiskies, gin, vodka, rum and Welsh cream liqueur.
Go Food and Drink Award
This category is open to food and drink businesses who can demonstrate what they have done to enhance the visitor experience. The shortlisted finalists in this category will be visited by the judges.
Sponsored by Menter Mon
Menter Mon is a social enterprise that operates for community benefit. It delivers a range projects funded through grant support or through a competitive process. The company receives no core funding and income must be earned or applied for. One of Menter Mon’s recent food and drink projects is called Neges@Home. The project aim is to provide visitors staying in self-catering accommodation in the area with a local food and drink option, which will showcase the breadth of quality producers from the area and provide a sense of place through a range of supporting material.
Go Tourism Supplier of the Year Award
This category recognises all supplier businesses that supports the tourism and hospitality industry across North Wales and assist in the delivery of tourism products to consumers.
Sponsored by Orenda-Luxe Exclusive Holiday Homes
The Orenda Property Group are a property investment firm with over 15 years experience, based in Llandudno North Wales. We are passionate about transforming tired period buildings into beautiful homes, bringing to the market a unique stay for our discerning guests. Orenda work closely with private investors to create a positive win win solution for all involved.
Go Skills Award
This category recognises the contribution businesses have made to improving skills in the tourism & hospitality sector, this could include innovative training programmes or businesses with staff training programmes.
Sponsored by North Wales Regional Skills Partnership
The North Wales Regional Skills Partnership brings together employers, skills providers, and key local stakeholders to better articulate skills demand and challenges at a regional and local level. The aim is to identify current and future skills needs and use this intelligence to ensure suitable and relevant courses for our future generations. They have wealth of knowledge on the sectors in N Wales, and recognise the importance of Tourism & Hospitality as a key sector in the region.
Go Responsible and Sustainable Green Tourism Award
This category recognises tourism businesses committed to being sustainable in how they operate and interact with customers, the wider community and the environment.
Sponsored by Adventure Parc Snowdonia and Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia
The focal point of Adventure Parc Snowdonia is the world-first inland surf lagoon: head-high waves powering down a 300-metre lagoon. The Adrenaline Indoors facility and the glass-fronted Surf Side bar diner and deli look out over the waves alongside our latest additions, the boutique Wave Garden Spa and game changing Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia.
Go Pet Friendly Award
This category recognises and rewards pet friendly destination and businesses who can demonstrate what they have done to enhance the visitor experience.
Sponsored by Pero
Award Winning Pet Foods, Made in North Wales!
Founded in 1982, Pero is an award-winning, leading manufacturer of all-natural, high-quality pet foods. Pero’s foods are recognised as some of the best available, having won multiple global awards for excellence and quality.
Pero’s foods have won a number of industry awards, and most recently, has won the prestigious BRAND OF THE YEAR AWARD in the Best Dog Food Category for three years in a row, winning in 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2021/22, topping more than 800 brands from 35 countries.
The Pero way means we are an ethical, family run company that takes a stand against animal cruelty and unethical animal testing. All Pero/Truline products are certified cruelty free by PETA, and Pero is one of the very few companies to be recommended by Uncaged.
Our philosophy, values and nutritional expertise will keep your dogs healthy and active, from weaning, right into their twilight years.
Go Young Person in Tourism & Hospitality Award
Entries for this category may be self-nominated or nominated.
The category is open to any young entrepreneurial, professional and business talents in the tourism and hospitality sector. It rewards those aged 30 and under who are setting the pace in business. They can be a business owner; employed in tourism/hospitality; studying a tourism/hospitality course; volunteering in a tourism environment or someone who’s made an exceptional contribution to tourism in North Wales.
Sponsored by Grwp Llandrillo Menai
Grwp Llandrillo Menai was established as a result of mergers between Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, and delivers courses to around 21,000 students across North Wales.
Go Best Newcomer Award
This category recognises new tourism businesses/individuals that have commenced trading or introduced a new product whilst enhancing the visitor experience.
Sponsored by Aber Falls Distillery
Aber falls is committed to quality and a premium taste, and we want to be recognised and respected for the calibre of our product and what it stands for.
Our team is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about whisky, and we all work with the same goal in mind – to create the best whiskies and spirits using the finest ingredients sourced from Wales.
Go North Wales Tourism Judges Award
This category recognises an individual, group or organisation which has made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in the area. It could be someone who has represented the region in a voluntary role, a visionary who has effected major change, a sector that supports the industry in some way or perhaps someone who has made a significant difference to large numbers of people working in the industry. The winner for this category will be chosen by the judges and nominations will not be accepted.
Sponsored by Tir Prince Leisure Group
A large leisure company based in North Wales, comprising of Tir Prince Raceway & Market, several arcades, Llandudno Pier and the Kinmel Arms Restaurant. Tir Prince has been named the fastest growing business in North Wales in 2017 and 2018