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Swansea Bay businesses celebrated at tourism awards

Swansea Bay Tourism Awards 2019

Wales’ biggest tourism awards ceremony was attended by 540 industry representatives in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

Hundreds attend Wales’ biggest tourism awards ceremony

The 2019 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards celebrated the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry across Swansea Bay.

Around 4.7m people visited the area last year bringing nearly £448m into the local economy. This helped support over 5,700 jobs.

More than 8,000 awards nominations and business entries were received – the highest since the awards started 13 years ago.

The awards are organised in partnership between Swansea Council and the local tourism trade association Tourism Swansea Bay. The ceremony took place on Thursday, November 14. Host was entertainer and broadcaster Kev Johns MBE. 

Winners – 2019 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards

BEST PLACES TO STAY 

Hotels 

Hotels – Large

  • Winner – Swansea Marriott Hotel
  • Highly Commended – Village Hotel Club Swansea 

Hotels – Small

  • Winner – Oxwich Bay Hotel
  • Highly Commended – The Bluebell Hotel

Inns / Restaurants with Rooms

  • Winner – King Arthur Hotel
  • Highly Commended – The Fountain Inn

Guesthouses / B&B’s 

  • Winner – Parc-le-Breos House
  • Highly Commended – Cwtch Farm, The Barn B&B, Tides Reach Guesthouse

Self-Catering (1-2 units) 

  • Winner – Promenade View
  • Highly Commended – Slade Barn, Ty Hiraeth, Bramwood Accessible Holiday Home

Self-Catering (3+ units)

  • Winner – Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages
  • Highly Commended – Cilhendre Fawr Farm, Croft Acre Cottages, Home from Home

Caravans and Campsites 

  • Winner – Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park
  • Highly Commended – Greenways of Gower, Pitton Cross Caravan & Camping Park

BEST PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

Restaurants & Bistros

Restaurants

  • Winner – Beach House, Oxwich
  • Highly Commended – Britannia Inn, Langland Brasserie, The Cliff / Y Clogwyn

Bistros 

  • Winner – The Bay Bistro & Coffee House
  • Highly Commended – Copperfish, Mumbles Pier, Hoogah Café, Bar & Kitchen

Cafés and Tea Rooms

  • Winner – Three Cliffs Coffee Shop
  • Highly Commended – Cariad Café, Kardomah Café, The Lookout, Rhossili

Pub Food 

  • Winner – The Plough & Harrow, Murton
  • Highly Commended – The Rake & Riddle, The Fountain Inn

Pubs & Bars

Pubs

  • Winner – The Brit, Cwmavon
  • Highly Commended – Britannia Inn,King Arthur Hotel

Bars

  • Winner – Brewstone
  • Highly Commended – Beer Riff, Nomad Bar & Kitchen 

BEST THINGS TO SEE & DO

Activity Providers 

Activity Providers – Single Activity 

  • Winner – Gower Coast Adventures
  • Highly Commended – Langland Bay Golf Club, Swansea Footgolf

Activity Providers – Multi Activity

  • Winner – RipNRock
  • Highly Commended – Call of the Wild’s Adventure Britain

Attractions

Attractions – Small

  • Winner – Dylan Thomas Birthplace
  • Highly Commended – Aberdulais National Trust, Cinema & Co

Attractions – Large

  • Winner – Margam Country Park
  • Highly Commended – Gower Heritage Centre, LC

Festival and Event 

Festival and Event – Small

  • Winner – Gower Walking Festival
  • Highly Commended – Gower Bluegrass Festival

Festival and Event – Large

  • Winner – Wales Airshow
  • Highly Commended – Dragon Ride, Gower Show, JCP Swansea Half-Marathon

Live Music Venue

  • Winner – The Bunkhouse
  • Highly Commended – Sin City

Wedding Venue

Wedding Venues – Small

  • Winner – Ocean View
  • Highly Commended – King Arthur Hotel, Oxwich Bay Hotel

 Wedding Venues – Large

  • Winner – Oldwalls Collection
  • Highly Commended – Swansea Marriott Hotel, The Orangery at Margam Country Park

New / Renewed Tourism Businesses

  • Winner – Plantasia
  • Highly Commended – GG’s & The Estuary, Swansea Bus Museum

DEDICATION AND INSPIRATION

Dog-Friendly Tourism Businesses

  • Winner – Clyne Farm Centre
  • Highly Commended – Oxwich Bay Hotel, Pilton House Gower, Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park

Tourism Ambassadors

  • Winner – Holly Hughes
  • Highly Commended – Peter Savage 

Team Ambassadors 

  • Winner – Home from Home
  • Highly Commended – Gower Tours, National Trust Gower

Longstanding Services to Tourism Award

  • John Hughes, of What’s On in Swansea Magazine
King Arthur Hotel – Winner: Best Inn in the 2019 Swansea Bay Tourism Awards. Photo: Hoosh Arabi.

Tracey McNulty, the council’s head of cultural services, said: “A Swansea Bay Tourism Award is testimony to an operator’s commitment and dedication to making Swansea Bay a world-class visitor destination.

“The awards evening was a great addition to Swansea’s 50th anniversary as a city celebrations.

“We thank all sponsors and friends of the awards. There was positive feedback from industry professionals who attended the awards night.”

“My congratulations go to all the nominees and winners in this year’s Swansea Bay Tourism Awards which is a true partnership between public and private sectors.”

Stephen Crocker, chairman of Tourism Swansea Bay, said: “It was good to see businesses and organisations who go the extra mile being recognised for their excellence.

“This is a highly competitive awards scheme and it gets harder to judge every year. The entries reflect the increasing quality of the tourism offer in Swansea Bay.”

The awards are open to tourism businesses across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

This year’s categories included best hotel, restaurant, live music venue, best attraction, dog-friendly business and young tourism ambassador.

The awards attracted the most sponsors in its history. Sponsors included Development Bank of Wales, Castell Howell, Burns Pet Nutrition, JR Catering & Events, Harlequin Print, The Rake & Riddle, Buffoon Media, Traveline Cymru, Gower Brewery, Sherwood Florist, SA3 Photography, What’s On in Swansea magazine, Total Sound Solutions, The Fountain Inn, Home from Home and TLC – The Training and Learning Company.