National Tourism Awards finalists announced
Published on 28/01/2015
The Celtic Manor Resort, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Zipworld and the Abergavenny Food Festival will all be competing in the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015, as the finalists from across Wales are revealed.
Among finalists from Monmouthshire are Monmouthshire Cottages, Chepstow, and The White Hart Village Inn, Llangybi near Usk.
The awards, which are run by Visit Wales, recognise the best in Welsh tourism and include categories such as Best Place to Stay, Best Place to Eat, Best Day Out, Best Event, Best Visitor Welcome, Tourism Skills Development, Best Business Tourism and the new Rising Star category, which recognises those who are up and coming in the industry.
As well as well-known names such as Cardiff International White Water Centre, Wales Rally GB, Venue Cymru, Llanerch Vineyard, Llangoed Hall and Ynyshir Hall, there is also recognition for smaller businesses including Corris Craft Centre in Mid Wales and Scamperholidays in Llanelli.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said: “The calibre of entries this year was really superb and I know the judges had a very hard time narrowing down the finalists. We can be very proud in Wales to have such high quality tourism businesses. It is a real achievement to become finalists from the hundreds of entries that we had.”
The awards will be held on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at The Vale Resort in Hensol, where the winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony and dinner. The last awards, held in Venue Cymru in Llandudno, saw more than 500 businesses attend on the night.
The full list of finalists for the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015:
Best Business Tourism
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Cardiff International White Water Centre, Cardiff Bay

Best Event (Large)
Wales Rally GB, North Wales
Abergavenny Food Festival, Abergavenny
The Long Course Weekend, Haverfordwest

Best Events (Small)
Dinefwr Literature Festival, Carmarthenshire
Welshpool Airshow & Transport Festival, Welshpool
Isle of Fire, Barry Island

Best Visitor Welcome
Monmouthshire Cottages, Chepstow
Penceunant Isaf Tea House, Llanberis
Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon

Best Day Out
Corris Craft Centre, Machynlleth
Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire
Cardiff International White Water Centre, Cardiff Bay
Zipworld, Bethesda

Best Place to Eat (Large Restaurant)
Sosban, Llanelli
Coast, Saundersfoot
Dylan’s, Menai Bridge, Anglesey

Best Place to Eat (Small Restaurant)
Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth
Y Polyn, Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire
The White Hart Village Inn, Usk

Best Place to Eat (Café)
The Bakers’ Table, Talgarth
Raspberry Tea Room, Cwmbran
Wright’s Food Emporium, Llanarthne

Best Place to Eat (Pub)
The Bee Inn, Conwy
Griffin Inn Dale, Haverfordwest
Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon

Best Place to Stay (Hotel)
Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Llangoed Hall, Brecon

Best Place to Stay (Self Catering)
Clydey Cottages, Pembrokeshire
Rivercatcher, Corwen, Denbighshire
Plas Dinham Country House, Llandinam, Powys

Best Place to Stay (Guest Accommodation)
Glangwili Mansion, Carmarthen
Llanerch Vineyard, Pontyclun, Vale of Glamorgan
Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon

Best Place to Stay (Hostels, Bunkhouses & Alternative Accommodation)
Wye Valley Canoes, Wye Valley
Capel Curig Hostel, Betws Y Coed, Capel Curig
Scamperholidays, Llanelli

Best Place to Stay (Holiday, Touring & Camping Park)
Pen Y Garth, Bala
Tree Tops Caravan Park, Flintshire
Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Porthcawl

Rising Tourism Star
Sean Taylor, Owner/Commercial Director of Zipworld, Bethesda
Tim Rees, General Manager of Quality Cottages, Haverfordwest
Ryan Thomas, Centre Manager for Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, Llangorse

Tourism Skills Development
The Grove, Narberth
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Gwesty’r Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn