Ho­tel eyes up three tourism awards

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­drew­brown

SOUTH­PORT’S Ra­mada Plaza is in line for three ma­jor awards at this week’s Liverpool City Re­gion Tourism Awards.

The ho­tel, on the Promenade, won Ho­tel Of The Year in 2017, and is hop­ing to re­tain its crown when the cer­e­mony takes place at St Ge­orge’s Hall, in Liverpool, on Thurs­day.

The venue is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a multi-mil­lion pound trans­for­ma­tion and is due to launch as the first Bliss bou­tique ho­tel later this year.

Bliss is also in talks with Sefton Coun­cil to take over the oper­a­tion of neigh­bour­ing South­port The­atre & Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on a three-year lease from June 1.

Formby Hall Golf Re­sort & Spa has also been short­listed in the Ho­tel of The year cat­e­gory, along­side Aloft Liverpool; Mal­mai­son Liverpool; Pull­man Liverpool; Ti­tanic Ho­tel Liverpool; Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton Ho­tel & Spa, Hil­ton Liverpool City Cen­tre and Mer­cure Liverpool At­lantic Tower Ho­tel.

The Ra­mada Plaza South­port is also in the run­ning for The Peo­ple’s Choice award, and the Tourism Stars of The Year cat­e­gory.

Gen­eral man­ager Enda Ry­lands said: “It is great to have earned our­selves a few good nominations af­ter an­other phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful year for our ho­tel and to see our amaz­ing team recog­nised for all the things they have achieved for the Liverpool City Re­gion Vis­i­tor econ­omy.

“The en­tire team works in­cred­i­bly hard all year round and love to be recog­nised for their ef­forts, they love what they do; each day they cre­ate ex­pe­ri­ences that de­light, sur­prise and can be shared with the world.

“This is just the start and we have in­cred­i­ble plans for the com­ing year that will have a positive im­pact on South­port and the so­cial and eco­nomic well­be­ing of the whole com­mu­nity.

“The ho­tel is un­der­go­ing a trans­for­ma­tion into the UK’s first Bliss Ho­tel which is truly stun­ning while re­tain­ing the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence that we have be­come renowned for.

“Fol­low­ing our ac­qui­si­tion in June last year of the site free­hold, the wider water­front is also be­gin­ning to take shape, trans­form­ing into a na­tional leisure des­ti­na­tion which every­one in South­port can be proud off.”

The black-tie award cer­e­mony recog­nises ex­cel­lence across the city re­gion’s tourism and hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

The cer­e­mony will be hosted by TV chef, restau­ra­teur and for­mer South­port Col­lege lec­turer Simon Rim­mer.

He said: “The tourism and hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try across the re­gion has developed rapidly over the last few years and these awards pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate this suc­cess.

“Also, be­ing on home ground makes the awards that bit ex­tra special.” For more de­tails about the Liverpool City Re­gion Tourism Awards, visit www.lcr­touris­mawards. com or call 0844 809 4399.

Ra­mada Plaza gen­eral man­ager Enda Ry­lands, left, and TV chef and awards cer­e­mony host Simon Rim­mer, right. Main picture, the stun­ning Formby Hall Golf Re­sort, also short­listed

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