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2013 STARS Awards winners announced

The best in Nottinghamshire’s tourism, culture, leisure and hospitality industries were celebrated at the 2013 STARS Awards last night when the winners were revealed at a glittering ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham, attended by 300 people.  £1,500 was raised at the event for Help A Capital Child, the charity supported by Capital FM, one of the event’s sponsors.

The winners of the Awards were: The Galleries of Justice for the Best Visitor Attraction; Nottingham Conference Centre, who scooped the Business Tourism Award; Sylvia Franks from Harts Hotel, who won the Unsung Hero Award; Sue Allen from Mayflower Pilgrim Fathers Tour who was presented with the Excellence in Customer Service Award; D.H. Lawrence Heritage, who was presented with the Team of the Year Award; Claire Stanford from The Snipe who was presented with the Most Promising Apprentice of the Year Award; Isabella Pearson from The Three Ponds, who won the Outstanding Young Manager of the Year Award, whilst the Hotel of the Year Award went to The Nottingham Belfry Hotel.

The 2013 Nottinghamshire STARS Awards were produced by the Nottingham Hoteliers Association, the STARS organising committee and Experience Nottinghamshire, aligned with the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. Now in their eighth year, the aim of the Awards is to inspire the thousands of people who work in tourism in Nottinghamshire to achieve their very best.  30 teams, businesses and individuals from across the county were shortlisted for the Awards.

Jennifer Spencer, Chief Executive of Experience Nottinghamshire, said: “The STARS Awards recognise and celebrate the people who make the tourism, culture, leisure and hospitality businesses in Nottinghamshire so special.  These people make a difference by turning an average visitor experience into an exceptional one.

“We were delighted with the number and calibre of the entries for these awards and, whilst all of the individuals and companies shortlisted for an award have performed extremely well to make it through to the finals, the winners have all performed exceptionally well.  They represent the very best in Nottinghamshire’s tourism, culture, leisure and hospitality industries and together help us promote the excellent offer we have here in Nottinghamshire.” 

Paul Michael, Chairman of the Nottingham Hoteliers Association, added: “The Nottingham Hoteliers Association is a keen supporter of the STARS Awards.  The awards provide an important platform for recognising the efforts of our colleagues and teams and the judges had a tough time deciding on this year’s winners as there is such an abundance of talent in our region.”

Sponsors and supporters of the STARS 2013 Awards include:  Experience Nottinghamshire, The Nottingham Hoteliers Association, Crowne Plaza, Capital FM’s Dino and Pete, Alea Casino, Donington House Print, Michael Wisher and Associates, Carlsberg, Photo Nottingham, The Nottingham Belfry, PSAV Creative Event Production and Sapphire Events, Nottingham Motor Company, All About Tourism, DJ Roop, The Lace Market Hotel, Colwick Hall, Harts Hotel, Galleries of Justice and City of Caves, The Park Inn, SimSpot Flight Simulator and The Glee Club.

For further information about the STARS Awards 2013, please visit: www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/trade/stars-awards-2013

Posted on 25 October 2013

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