The inaugural Mid Wales Tourism Awards, designed to celebrate and showcase the region’s exceptional tourism industry, were a resounding success last night (17/10/2019). To be recognised alongside the winners is the exceptional job undertaken by the team at Mid Wales Tourism, led by Val Hawkins for delivering such a professional and well received awards dinner and ceremony.
There were forty-two finalists in 13 categories at The Hafren in Newtown which was compered by Welsh tourism personality Jonathan Jones, CBE. The biennial awards are organised by MWT Cymru with support from Mid Wales Regional Tourism Forum, a public and private sector partnership and Visit Wales, the Welsh Government’s tourism arm. (Inset: Best place to eat & drink: WTA with award winners the Nags Head, Garthmyl. For a full list of entrants and winners please visit Mid Wales Tourism website).
The largest category was Young Tourism Person of the Year, supported by Grŵp Colegau NPTC Group of Colleges, which had seven finalists. The award is designed to recognise young entrepreneurial, professional and business talents aged 30 years and under.
Granted an Awards Trust Mark by the Independent Awards Standards Council, the awards are open to all businesses, organisations and individuals who contribute to tourism within Mid Wales. Sponsors this year were Cambrian Training, Grŵp Colegau NPTC Group of Colleges, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Busnes Cymdeithasol Cymru/ Social Business Wales, Cambrian News, County Times and Express and Gazette, Mid Wales Journal and NFU Mutual.
MWT Cymru is the regional destination marketing and membership organisation for Powys, Ceredigion and Meirionnydd district of Southern Snowdonia. As a not-for-profit social enterprise company, MWT Cymru supports and represents more than 550 tourism businesses and organisations across the region.