Go North Wales Tourism Awards

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ziplining over water

Zip World, the attraction that has helped North Wales become such a magnet for zipliners

Over 200 people turned up recently to see who had been lucky in the Go North Wales Tourism Awards. This part of Wales is heavily reliant on tourism and there are over 900 members of the local tourist association making it one of the very biggest regional associations in the UK.

The Best Destination award was given to Conwy County which is local government area for places like Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay. As such part of its land is in Snowdonia whilst much of the remainder is in the seaside resorts. The Best Attraction award went to the Welsh Mountain Zoo which is in the same local authority area being just a few miles from Colwyn Bay.

GreenWood Forest Park in Gwynedd was the winner of the Tourism Innovation Award and of the Green Award some of which must have been down to the fact that solar energy now is responsible for 80% of their energy requirements and it also runs their SolarSplash ride which is believed to be the only water ride powered by solar energy.

Gorjys Events who developed the music festival, Gorjys Secrets received the Best Newcomer Award and Llechwedd Slate Caverns picked up the award for best use of digital. The Year of Adventure Award (Visit Wales has decreed 2016 as the Year of Adventure) went to Surf Snowdonia which is an inland surf lagoon that only opened this year. Zip World, which a couple of years ago opened zip lines underground in  the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and operates a 100mph zip line that runs for over a mile, collected the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in North Wales and now you understand why.

There were two unusually named awards. In the category of “Magnificent Crowd-Puller Over 7.5k, the winner was the Dayinsure Wales Rally which attracted well over the 7,500 people needed to qualify for this category. In the category for magnificence below 7,500 the award went to Ale Trails.

There were no best hotel, B&B or guesthouse categories but just one that combined them as Best Accommodation. That was won by the Llandudno Bay Hotel. There was, however, another single award that linked, camping, caravanning and glamping and the top award here went to Graig Wen which is based near Barmouth overlooking the Mawddach Estuary.

The final award was for Best Food and Drink and that went to Signatures at the Aberconwy Resort & Spa.

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