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A Sparkling Evening For Visit Bristol With Award Wins And Christmas Launch

19th November 2018

Categories: Press Releases

The celebratory season has kicked off for Visit Bristol with award wins at Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards and the launch of the #MerryBristmas campaign.

A record number of winners were announced at the award ceremony held on Thursday 15 November at Apex Hotel in Bath, including Bristol Tourist Information Centre winning Gold for Visitor Information Service of the Year, and Destination Bristol’s Head of Tourism, Kathryn Davis, who won the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award.

Kathryn Davis says: “I am absolutely overwhelmed with this award.  We were busy celebrating the TIC winning Gold and it wasn’t until Robin Barker was half way through his introduction speech, that the penny finally dropped. 

“I am privileged to have worked my way up and developed my career at Destination Bristol working on projects locally, nationally and internationally.  I am very lucky to work with an outstanding team of people and some wonderful businesses in Bristol and I couldn’t do my job without them.”

Additional winners include: Wells Cathedral won Silver for Access and Inclusivity Award; Aerospace Bristol won Bronze for Business Tourism and Venue Award; Spike Island Café won Bronze and The Full Stop Café won Silver in Café/Tearoom of the Year category; Jenny Stoves from Bristol Zoo won Gold for Customer Service Superstar Award; Motorhome Holiday Company won Bronze for Glamping and Alternative Accommodation of the Year; Bristol's Independent District won Highly Commended, Bristol Hoppers won Silver and Where The Wall's Bristol Street Art Tour won Gold in Guided Tour of the Year Award; Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust won Highly Commended and The New Room (John Wesley's Chapel) won Bronze for International/Inbound Visitor Experience of the Year; Noah's Ark Zoo Farm won Bronze, Brunel's SS Great Britain won Silver and Aerospace Bristol also won Silver for Large Attraction of the Year Award; Hotel du Vin & Bistro won Bronze for Large Hotel of the Year Award; Brook Lodge Farm Camping & Caravan Park won Bronze and Noah's Ark Zoo Farm won Silver for Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism Award; Berkeley Castle won Silver and The New Room won Gold for Small Attraction of the Year Award; Where The Wall's 'Introducing Stencil Art' Spray Sessions won Silver in The Bob Smart Learning Experience of the Year Award; Brook Lodge Farm Camping & Caravan Park won Bronze in Touring Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year Award; Bristol Harbour Festival won Silver in Tourism Event/Festival of the Year; Aerospace Bristol won Gold in Tourism New Business Award and Brunel's SS Great Britain won Gold in Tourism Innovation Award. The full list of award winners and sponsors can be found here.

Matthew Tanner, CEO of the SS Great Britain Trust, says: “We are delighted to win the Tourism Innovation award for Being Brunel, which celebrates our ambition to offer a truly immersive and engaging visitor experience, based on the latest museum trends. This recognition, along with the incredible response from visitors, means so much to everyone who has been involved in this project. From the staff and volunteers who developed and delivered this unique museum to the story of Brunel himself, this accolade celebrates people who constantly challenged traditional boundaries.”

On the same night as the awards, the Visit Bristol team also launched their #MerryBristmas campaign with 40 local bloggers and influencers invited to take part in the event. Partnering with several local businesses offering exclusive experiences and festive treats to the bloggers, Visit Bristol are letting the influencers loose on the city to share their festive highlights via social media and blogs.

The launch event was also attended by Bristol street artist Silent Hobo who, along with fellow street artist Cheo, was commissioned by Visit Bristol to spray paint a Christmas-themed mural in collaboration with Stuff Creative Agency.

The mural outside We The Curious depicts a plethora of Bristol highlights, including Clifton Suspension Bridge, Brunel, St Nick’s Market, Cabot Circus and Concorde being flown by reindeer, no less. The central ‘Bristol’ logo is made from hanging hundreds of metallic discs that create a shimmering effect to support the tag-line: “Make your Christmas sparkle #MerryBristmas”.

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