The winners of the London Tourism Awards 2003 were announced after months of speculation at a stylish ceremony held at…
The winners of the London Tourism Awards 2003 were announced after months of speculation at a stylish ceremony held at Claridge`s today. The awards, organised by Visit London and presented by Emily Maitlis of BBC London, unveiled the winners of 15 categories showcasing the best of London tourism.
An interesting twist to this year`s World Class Welcome Award, which recognises the achievements of those working at the front line of tourism, saw this year`s award bestowed upon cleaner Brian Malunga, from Somerset House. Though Brian`s only remit at Somerset House is to clean, his energy and passion for London makes him a favourite with visitors to the attraction.
The highly coveted award for best Large Attraction was given to The Natural History Museum, mainly for the innovative Darwin Centre introduced by the museum in 2002. The best Small Attraction went to Apsley House, where the team continues to impress judges with their imaginative programme of activities.
The hotly contested accommodation awards saw the Landmark London come out on top as the Best Large Hotel in London for the second time in three years; the Best Small Hotel went to The Capital and the Best Bed and Breakfast to Windermere Hotel.
Other winners include the National Portrait Gallery for the important Tourism For All award. The gallery was a hands-down winner, proving their commitment to embracing the needs of all disabled visitors to the Gallery.
David Campbell, Chief Executive of Visit London said, It is fantastic to see London and its excellent tourism product celebrated at the London Tourism Awards. This year`s winners show that London really is a world class city.
THE WINNERS 2003
Visitor Attraction (under 100,000 visitors)
Estorick Collection of Italian Art – Highly Commeded
Visitor Attraction (over 100,000 visitors)
Natural History Museum
Bed and Breakfast
Chalon House – Highly Commended
Small Hotel (under 50 bedrooms)
Large Hotel (over 50 bedrooms)
British Airways London Eye www.ba-londoneye.com
National Maritime Museum http://www.nmm.ac.uk/ – Highly Commended
Innovation in Business Tourism
Reed Travel Exhibitions – World Travel Market 2002
Tower Hamlets – Eastend Venue Guide – Highly Commended
Tourist Information Centre
Britain and London Visitor Centre
Local Tourism Initiative
Bellenden Renewal Scheme – London Borough of Southwark
Bankside Street Action Project – London Borough of Southwark – Highly Commended
World Class Welcome (customer service)
Somerset House – Brian Malunga
Tourism for All
National Portrait Gallery
WHERE London Best Retailer
WHERE London Best Restaurant
Hard Rock Cafe
BBC London Totally London Award
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