Picasso and Tate Liverpool

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Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Last week, The Mersey Partnership tourism awards were announced. Tate Liverpool and its Picasso exhibition last year walked away with two of the main awards, the Tourism Marketing Initiative of the Year and the Cultural and Heritage Experience of the Year. This year they have a Rene Magritte exhibition, The Pleasure Principle, with over 100 of his works. Will this eagerly awaited exhibition enable them to win this award again? Sixty years ago, apart from the Walker Gallery, you might not have linked culture and Liverpool together. Nowadays it’s hard not to think of one without the other.
What’s other thing you associate with Liverpool and Merseyside? Sport and in particular football, so maybe it comes as no surprise to find out that Liverpool Football Club won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year from a strong supporting group that included the Merseyside Maritime Museum, The Beatles Story and the Albert Dock. Another sporting tradition, The John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree won Tourism Event of the Year.
The small visitor attraction was won by The U-boat Story on the Wirral. U-534 was the U-boat that didn’t surrender when commanded to do so by the German, Admiral Doenitz. Why no one knows but eventually it was recovered in 1993 and moved to Liverpool.
The Walker Gallery with its John Moores painting prize drew the top award for tourism experience. This long established prize was won last year by Keith Coventry with his Spectrum Jesus and previous winners have included David Hockney and Patrick Heron. In the junior category way back in 1961 was the future designer of the cover for the Sergeant Pepper album, Sir Peter Blake.
Apart from Tate Liverpool, one other organisation won two awards. The Hope Street Hotel was named best hotel and its restaurant, The London Carriage Works was given the Taste award. The Wro on the Wirral was awarded best bar and Knowsley Hall won for guest accommodation of the year. Herons Well received the award for self-catering accommodation of the year.
As all of us know, no organisation can triumph without good service and more than ever, service is what distinguishes one place from another. Congratulations to Kevin Roberts of Liverpool ONE who received the important award for excellence in customer service.

image courtesy of The Mersey Partnership

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