THERE’S still time to ensure Carmarthenshire and its tourism businesses are recognised in this year’s National Tourism Awards for Wales held in March.
The awards are an excellent showcase for national and international exposure and whilst Carmarthenshire will be competing in the awards in the ‘Best Destination’ category, Carmarthenshire County Council is also encouraging people to nominate their favourite tourism business, activity, and accommodation providers in the county in one of the other categories, which include best hotel and best place to eat.
Hosted by Visit Wales, the awards celebrate the best of Wales’ tourism – showcasing tourism businesses and the industry’s achievements.
Carmarthenshire County Council offers a wide range of support to the county’s tourism industry through promotional campaigns, tourism seminars, its new event organiser circle as well as hosting the Discover Carmarthenshire website. It also works closely with the Welsh Government’s Visit Wales team to ensure Carmarthenshire features in its tourism promotions.
The value of tourism in Carmarthenshire increases every year, and is now worth £370million to the local economy, a 2.7% rise in 2016 compared to the previous year. The number of visitors staying in our hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering and tourism caravan sites also rose by 3.6 per cent in 2016 contributing £260million, and those who visited and stayed with friends or family contributed over £40million during the year.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Sport, Culture and Tourism, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to gain National and International exposure for businesses operating in one of our largest economic sectors. I’d like to encourage as many Carmarthenshire nominations as possible.”
Categories for the awards include:
- Best Hotel
- Best Bed & Breakfast
- Best Self-Catering
- Best Caravan, Camping or Glamping
- Best Attraction
- Best Activity
- Best Event
- Best Place to Eat
- Best Destination
- Young Tourism Person of the Year
- Tourism Business Innovation Award
The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 8 2018 at the Celtic Manor Resort.
Businesses can nominate themselves, or individuals can nominate business they think are worthy of an award. Entry forms can be found on the Welsh Government’s business website businesswales.gov.wales – search for National Tourism Awards for Wales. The deadline is Friday, January 12.
Please contact Carmarthenshire County Council’s marketing and media team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like help in providing any supporting information.
Find out more and complete the form here.
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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