14 March 2018

National Tourism Awards for Wales 2018

From dramatic castles and gorgeous glamping sites to wonderful wildlife and intense experiences, the National Tourism Awards celebrate the very best the tourism industry in Wales has to offer. This year’s ceremony was held on 8 March at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. The winners were chosen from 44 regional winners, which were selected from more than 400 nominations.

Among the businesses awarded were the best places to stay and eat, the best activity and best attraction which ranged from food safaris; staying in a castle; to adrenaline fuelled zip rides. Awards were also received for best practice in innovation and for the Young Tourism Person of the Year, along with a Visit Wales special award for International Achievement

The award winners were as follows and further information on the categories and winners can be found on: National Tourism Awards 2018 (external link). 

Best Activity - Loving Welsh Food

Group shot of Loving Welsh Food team.
Loving Welsh Food, tours and tasting, Cardiff by Loving Welsh Food
Loving Welsh Food offers food tours, safaris, cooking workshops and Welsh food presentations in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Best Attraction - Zip World

Man on a zip wire.
Zip World, North Wales
Zip World first opened in 2013 with Velocity, the fastest zip line in the world. Now guests aged 3+ can experience 9 all-weather adventures in 3 stunning locations in North Wales.

Best Bed & Breakfast  - Roch Castle

Roch Castle with sun setting behind.
Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire by Retreats Group Limited
Spectacular and dramatic, 12th century Roch Castle offers luxury accommodation with award winning breakfast; and sits high above the Pembrokeshire landscape offering panoramic views over St Brides Bay and the Preseli Hills.

Best Caravan, Camping or Glamping - Celtic Holiday Parks

Three unique Parks in Pembrokeshire – Croft Country Park, Noble Court which is also home to luxury glamping brand “Celtic Escapes” and Meadow House each with its own superb features and settings.

Best Destination - Brecon Beacons Tourism and Brecon Beacons National Park

Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn waterfall in the Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales
Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons by Paula J James
This National Park is a great place to get active. It is not a fenced-off preserve – it’s a living, working landscape which will bring out your adventurous side.

Best Event  - Visit Cardiff (UCLF’17)

UEFA Champions League football on the pitch

UEFA Champions League football

 by Football Association of Wales
UEFA Champions League Final 2017 was the biggest sporting event to have ever been staged in Wales; welcoming over 314,000 visitors to Cardiff on the day.

Best Hotel - St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot

View from the infinity pool.
The infinity pool at St Brides Hotel and Spa in Saundersfoot by St Brides Hotel and Spa
On a cliff top overlooking Saundersfoot in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St Brides Spa Hotel is an oasis of calm with a contemporary restaurant, award winning spa and stylish bedrooms.

Best Place to Eat - Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Eglwys Fach, Machynlleth

A dish on offer at Ynyshir.

Ynyshir by Ynyshir
Ingredient led. Flavour driven. Fat fuelled. Meat Obsessed. www.ynyshir.co.uk

Best Self-Catering - Monmouthshire Cottages LLP

Exterior of Tintern Abbey Cottage.
Tintern Abbey Cottage by Monmouthshire Cottages
Monmouthshire Cottages is a family run self catering business, passionate about their welcome, quality, and utterly fabulous Wye Valley location.

Tourism Business Innovation Award - The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Wild Wales Adventures and Legend Virtual Reality Experiences. (2017 Year of Legends Campaign).
Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales by Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages some of the regions most precious wild places from Cardiff to Aberystwyth; including the beautiful Pembrokeshire islands of Skomer and Skokholm.

Young Tourism Person of the Year Kathryn Colling - Cambria Tours Ltd / Hafan Epic

Unique Welsh-legend inspired accommodation - a sleeping pod.
Epic Retreats by Epic Reteats
Kathryn Colling is the Head of Business Development at Cambria Tours/Cambria DMC, an inbound tour operator and a Director at Epic Retreats, featuring unique Welsh-legend inspired accommodation and experiences.

Visit Wales Special Award for International Achievement - North Wales

This award recognises the outstanding achievement of a region in promoting Wales on the International stage. Building on its extraordinary natural beauty, this region has enhanced its worldwide appeal with a series of unique and ground-breaking developments including: the fastest zip wire in the world – also the longest in the northern hemisphere, at Zip World and a world-first inland surf lagoon, at Surf Snowdonia. These initiatives and many more have led to this region being recognised by Lonely Planet as the 4th best place to visit in the world. Fourth in the world!