Winchester: aiming for fame again
After the stunning victory for Winchester TIC in this year's national Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, four local tourism businesses are hoping to fly the flag for
The regional competition is run by Tourism South East (TSE) and known as the Tourism ExSEllence Awards. It is designed to recognise and reward tourism excellence in south-east
Winners and runners-up will be revealed at a special awards ceremony and gala dinner to be held at Great Fosters Hotel, Egham,
Lainston House, Sparsholt, Near
LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION
Marwell Zoological Park, Colden Common, Near
South Winchester Lodges,
OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Signe Higgins, Museum Visitor Assistant,
Winchester City Council's Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economy and Tourism, Cllr George Beckett, commented, "We are delighted that the Winchester District's vibrant tourism industry is being recognised in this way. For
Eloise Appleby, Head of Cultural Services for Winchester City Council, added, "
Lainston House Hotel is a 17th century country house set in over 60 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The four star hotel has 50 bedrooms all furnished to an exceptionally high standard with levels of service to match. Often frequented by the rich and famous, it even boasts its own helicopter pad. For further information log onto www.exclusivehotels.co.uk.
South Winchester Lodges are set in a peaceful location at the heart of the South Winchester Golf Course. These luxury Norwegian log cabins are equipped with modern facilities including a private outdoor hot tub in one lodge. The accommodation has been awarded five stars, the highest grading available, by VisitBritain. For further information log onto www.golfholidaywinchester.com.
Signe Higgins, Visitor Assistant at The Westgate, prides herself on her customer service, which comes as second nature to her. She always strives to improve the experience for all visitors and recently suggested using a mirror to show the Westgate's famous ceiling, commissioned for the wedding of Mary Tudor and Phillip of Spain, to those who may have difficulty in looking up. The museum, located in a fortified medieval gateway that served as a debtors' prison for 150 years, is open seven days a week during the summer months. To plan your visit to the museum log onto www.winchester.gov.uk.