If you have never visited before, then the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) has to be on your list of things to do in Staffordshire. Set in 150 acres of maturing woodland, it is the UK’s living centre of remembrance, where 50 000 trees flourish among over 200 dedicated memorials – a truly spiritually uplifting place.
On this occasion the NMA played host to the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards. Enjoy Staffordshire and Destination Staffordshire is a dynamic partnership of attractions, accommodation, eating establishments, tourism and arts businesses and local authorities who are all working together to attract more visitors to the county. The awards celebrated best in tourism businesses across the whole of Staffordshire
With this year being the 100th anniversary of WW1, the ceremony had a ration book theme, and we arrived to a drinks reception in one of three marquees adorned with props to commemorate both world wars during the centenary year.
The awards were independently judged and verified by Service Science, where entrants were reviewed and marked on their commitment to delivering excellent customer service, training and skills for employees, sustainability and environment, along with dedication to best practice, quality of service and product.
The Lewis Partnership were overjoyed to receive 5 awards on the day, including 3 Gold Awards, a Silver and a Highly Commended
The Moat House – Business Tourism Award (Gold)
The Dog & Doublet Inn – Tourism Pub of the Year (Gold)
The Swan Hotel – Small Hotel of the Year (Gold)
The Moat House – Large Hotel of the Year (Silver)
The Dog & Doublet Inn – Guest Accommodation of the Year (Highly Commended)
A full list of winners can be found on the Enjoy Staffordshire website