This is an archived press release
Monday 22 November 2004
22 November 2004
Top awards for Peak District tourism
Peak District National Park tourism businesses large and small struck gold in a top regional awards ceremony.
Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park Authority's environmental study centre at Castleton, won the gold award in the Business Tourism category in the East Midlands 2005 Enjoy England Excellence awards.
The centre, which is also a thriving venue for special interest holidays, business conferences and seminars, focused its entry on customer care, accessibility and care for the environment.
Head of Losehill Hall, Richard Campen, who received a fine trophy at the ceremony in Leicester's Walkers Stadium, said: "I'm delighted with this award for business tourism, which I believe truly reflects our approach to inclusive customer care and action for the environment."
Also a gold award winner was the Peak District Farm Holidays group, for the Best Tourism Website, set up partly thanks to grant-aid through the National Park Authority's New Environmental Economy scheme. Several of the Farm Holiday group's members are also holders of the National Park's Environmental Quality Mark.
The gold awards did not stop there - others went to the Kings at Ivy House, near Hartington (Best Bed and Breakfast), and, in the wider Peak District, Crich Tramway Village for Best Day Out and Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre.
Silver award winners included the Rising Sun Hotel, near Bamford (small hotels category), Peak District Cottages, near Castleton, and Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays (self-catering) and the Old Lock-up, Wirksworth (B&B).
the ceremony was Leigh Rix, chairman of Visit Peak District, the area's tourism marketing and support
body, and a member of the National Park Authority, who said: "We're delighted that the quality
of our Peak District tourism businesses has been recognised at such a prestigious occasion as the Enjoy
England Excellence awards.
"This is the Peak District at its very best - I congratulate all the winners, who reflect the high standards we try to encourage. We're delighted that the quality of our tourism infrastructure has been recognised."
Competition was extremely stiff in the regional awards, held for the first time in a decade and aimed at setting a bench-mark of excellence for tourism organisations.
Gold award winners will now be entered in the national Enjoy England Excellence awards.