I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for The West Midlands Tourism Awards 2020 in the ‘Experience of the Year’ category. The final winners, one from each of 15 categories will be announced in The Great Hall, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT on Wednesday 26th February 2020. The awards will celebrate the venues that have helped to bring a record 131 million visitors to the West Midlands area in 2018 – a 2.6% increase on the previous year. The West Midlands tourism industry is now worth £12.6 billion, a rise of 6.7% and the sector supports more than 135,000 jobs.
This is what some of my students, teachers and supporters have said about being shortlisted.
StudentCongratulations on your success at being chosen as a finalist for the West Midlands Tourism Award. I was delighted to read the news.
B and BWell done Bobby, what a lovely Christmas present for you.
TeacherCongratulations! Well done you! Very well earned too. Quite special your enterprise is!
Regular studentGood to get recognition for all you do. Thanks and well done
StudentWell done and I’m a fan!
FriendCongratulations Bobby. Putting SW Shropshire on the map... very well deserved... don’t let them townies scare you now.
StudentCongratulations, Bobby!!! Richly deserved. Your loving and generous nature brings people back again and again, so it doesn't surprise me that you've been shortlisted. It's good that the judges are looking outside the big towns and out to the remote areas of Shropshire. Well done!
StudentCongratulations, you deserve it as you do bring a lot of business for the villages around you. Good luck, fingers crossed for you.
StudentHuge congratulations Bobby. Whatever the outcome the nomination is richly deserved.
NeighbourCongrats - that’s really well deserved. Brilliant News for Brilliant You
USA StudentCongratulations on being nominated for such a prestigious award. You must be very proud of yourself and I know your community must be also.
USA StudentMichele and I seem to have made an excellent decision in coming to you! Congratulations!
TeacherWell done and well deserved – look forward to the next round.
Roger Mendonça, Chief Operating Officer of the West Midlands Growth Company, said:
“The West Midlands Tourism Awards will shine a spotlight on the venues that have helped make this unique region a destination of choice for national and international visitors, with tourist numbers, spend and hotel occupancy at an all-time high.
“We received a high standard of entry for our awards from more than 75 tourism businesses, and congratulate those venues who have
got the nod from industry experts following a very competitive shortlisting process.
“We look forward to recognising the stars of our tourism scene in February and encourage companies to get in touch with us to find out how they can raise their profile by supporting the event.”
The West Midlands is gearing up to welcome more visitors in 2020, with the International Dance Festival Birmingham; Ozzy Osbourne’s farewell gig in Solihull; and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Europa League campaign among the events set to attract domestic and overseas guests to the region.
For more information about the West Midlands Tourism Awards, including how to buy tickets and find out about sponsorship opportunities, visit westmidlandstourismawards.com