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Shortlist Announced

The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards celebrate excellence and achievement across the tourism and hospitality sector and are an opportunity to recognise those businesses who have shown resilience, determination and imagination in an exceptionally challenging year.

The shortlist has now been announced, see below for full details.

The ‘Hidden Gem’ category will be back again for 2021. This category will be voted for by the public and will recognise the region’s ‘best kept secret’. Nominate your hidden gem below.

All winners will be announced at a ceremony on 10 March 2022 and eligible winners across certain categories will be selected to represent Liverpool City Region at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in June 2022.

New Tourism Business Award

  • Boom Battle Bar: Liverpool
  • Liverpool Food Tours
  • Liverpool VRVE
  • MerseyMade
  • SKAUS Store & Cafe

Independent Tourism Business of the Year

  • Duke Street Food and Drink Market
  • Fab 4 Taxi Tours
  • Liverpool Beatles Museum
  • Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres
  • Liverpool Food Tours
  • MerseyMade
  • Shiverpool

Taste of Liverpool Award – Café/Bistro of the Year

  • Benty Farm Tearooms
  • Bold Street Coffee
  • Cafe Tabac
  • Caffe Cream of New Brighton

Taste of Liverpool Award – Restaurant of the Year

  • Buyers Club
  • Delifonseca Dockside
  • Lu Ban Restaurant
  • Lunya
  • Marco Pierre Steakhouse Bar & Grill Liverpool
  • The London Carriage Works

Pub of the Year

  • Liverpool Gin Distillery
  • Masons
  • The Bridewell
  • The Denbigh Castle
  • The Windmill Southport

Resilience and Innovation Award

  • Cruise Liverpool
  • Liverpool ONE
  • Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Lu Ban Restaurant
  • Lunya

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

  • Redstones Cottage
  • Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust
  • Strawberry Field

B&B and Guest House of the Year

  • Sunnyside Guest House
  • The Braemar Southport
  • The Heidi Bed & Breakfast

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

  • EPIC Apartments
  • Quest Liverpool City Centre
  • Staybridge Suites Liverpool
  • Staycity Aparthotels, Liverpool, Waterfront

Hotel of the Year

  • Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa
  • Hope Street Hotel
  • Pullman Liverpool
  • Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Royal Liver Building 360
  • Sefton Park Palm House
  • Strawberry Field
  • Western Approaches

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Knowsley Safari
  • Liverpool Cathedral
  • Tate Liverpool
  • The Atkinson
  • World Museum

Experience of the Year

  • British Music Experience
  • Liverpool Food Tours
  • Shiverpool
  • Treasure Trails

Unsung Hero Award

  • Connie Blakemore, Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa
  • Gerard Madden, The Bridewell
  • Hannah Todd, The Interesting Eating Company
  • Phil Phillips, National Museums Liverpool

Tourism Young Person of the Year

  • Carlotta Cervia, Hilton Liverpool City Centre
  • Dana Heard, Camp and Furnace
  • Emily Doyle, Lu Ban Restaurant
  • Jaime Stanton, Woodside Ferry Village
  • Mark Langan, Holiday Inn Express
  • Victoria Smith, Shiverpool

We want to hear what people think is the best gem in the Liverpool City Region, whether that be in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, or Wirral. Gems may be attractions, bars, restaurants, tours, or natural assets which are off the main tourism trail. What is the city region’s best kept secret?

Nominate your hidden gem

Download our Hidden Gem QR Code to share with your customers.

The Awards Ceremony is being planned for Thursday 10th March 2022 – further details on the date, time and venue will be released in the autumn. Tickets will be on sale from December 2021.

Our judging is carried out by an independent panel of industry experts, selected for their impartiality, experience and suitability for each category. The initial judging will be based on the information you provide on your online entry form along with website, social media and any third party sites.

For 2021/22 judges will be looking for evidence of recent customer reassurance within their online presence as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Selected businesses may be visited (or mystery shopped) by independent judges. Please note that is a requirement of entry that entrants agree to waive or refund the direct costs of the mystery visit.

Eligible winners may be selected to represent Liverpool City Region at the VisitEngland Awards scheduled to take place in June 2022.

We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available. Please click here to download sponsorship pack. For more information please contact Carolyn Knott at carolyn.knott@growthplatform.org or 07715 123481.

All dates are subject to change in line with Government advice and restrictions at that time.

  • Mon 20th Sept: Award entries open
  • Friday 5th Nov: Awards entries close
  • w/c 29th Nov: Shortlist announced / ticket sales open.
  • w/c 29th Nov 2021 – 31st Jan 2022: Second Round judging/Mystery Shop
  • 10 March 2022: Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards Ceremony (venue TBC)
  • June 2022: VisitEngland Awards ceremony

For all enquiries relating to applications, categories, judging and event details contact Katie Isaacson at tourismawards@coolbreezeagency.com

For sponsorship enquiries contact Carolyn Knott at carolyn.knott@growthplatform.org

  • Business Events Venue of the Year – The Art School
  • New Tourism Business of the Year – Duke Street Food & Drink Market
  • Experience of the Year – British Music Experience
  • Pub of the Year -Liverpool Gin Distillery
  • Entertainment Venue of the Year – Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
  • Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award – Mere Brook House
  • Hotel of the Year – Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa
  • Independent Tourism Business of the Year –  Western Approaches – Battle of the Atlantic Experience
  • Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Knowsley Safari
  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – Royal Liver Building 360
  • Taste of Liverpool Award – Restaurant – Rockwood Bistro
  • Taste of Liverpool Award – Cafe/Bistro – Tusk
  • B&B and Guest House of the Year – Mere Brook House, Wirral
  • Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year – Staybridge Suites Liverpool
  • Tourism Star of the Year – Elle Barnes Reen, Everton Football Club
  • Tourism Young Person of the Year – Jordan Rhoda, Liverpool ONE
  • Outstanding Contribution to Tourism – Stephen Roberts, Crowne Plaza Liverpool

Our Charity Partner

Hospitality Action is the trade charity offering a crucial lifeline to people of all ages, working and retired, from the hospitality industry. Whether approached by a chef, housekeeper, school cook or bar person, Hospitality Action will endeavour to support, whatever the difficulty.

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Get in touch!

If you have any queries about the 2020 Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards, please do not hesitate to get in touch by using the following:

tourismawards@coolbreezeagency.com

0151 227 2727

@LCRTourism Award