Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa Hotel, The Stamford Guesthouse in Southport and Bliss Hotel in Southport

Three stunning venues from Southport and Formby are on the shortlist at tonight’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards.

The Stamford, on Bath Street in Southport town centre, is challenging for the B&B and Guest House of the Year Award against Mere Brook House in Wirral. 

This stylish 11-room guest house provides gorgeous boutique accommodation and says; “We’re proud to fly the flag for Southport and for the great British seaside.”

They said: “Our rooms quietly shout luxurious serenity; beautifully designed, spacious and with top of the range beds and pillows. Ensuite comes as standard in all 11 of our rooms at The Stamford, Southport. Modern travel has changed and we have designed The Stamford around that.”

Shortlisted for the prestigious Hotel Of The Year Award are Bliss Hotel, on the Promenade in Southport, and Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa Hotel. 

They are up against some tough competition from Liverpool in the shape of the Hilton; Hotel Indigo; Malmaison; Seel Street Hotel by EPIC; and the Titanic Hotel.

Southport Hoteliers Association (SHA) spokesperson Anthony Duffey said: “It is fantastic news to see SHA members being nominated for top awards yet again.

“It has been a difficult year for the town’s accommodation providers but we have all been working hard to improve our offering.

“It is good that this has been recognised by the Liverpool City Region.”

The first ever virtual Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards will be live streamed on , and will be hosted by Jay Hynd from The Guide Liverpool. 

Click here for full details and who is on the shortlist. 

The awards will recognise how difficult this period has been for the sector but will fully celebrate the many assets and diverse nature of tourism across the city region.

The evening will cover 17 award categories across the whole industry from Tourism Experience of the Year to Pub of the Year. Other categories include Tourism Star of the Year and an award for Outstanding Contribution.

Organised by Growth Platform and supported by the Visitor Economy Board, this year’s new headline sponsor is National Museums Liverpool, with MSP Global providing all the technical support. Other sponsors include Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Hotel Indigo, Merseyrail, Expedia, Marketing Liverpool, Ticket Quarter and Wirral Chamber. Hospitality in Action is this year’s charity partner.

Now in its third decade, the awards were due to take place at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral back in May. They have traditionally always recognised excellence across the city region’s tourism and hospitality industry – and now this year will be no different as the judges decide their winners from the shortlist below.

Peter Sandman, Head of Visitor Economy for Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company, said:

“Although these awards will look and feel very different this year, we are delighted they are able to take place. For 2020 especially, it is vital that we acknowledge and congratulate not just the winners but the sector right across the region. During this unprecedented time we need to show support, solidarity and strength – and these awards are the perfect platform to come together and celebrate as a tourism community.”

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