Tourism businesses in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean have celebrated another year of success at The Forester Business Awards with members of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism (WVFDT) scooping awards across several of categories.
Whitemead Forest Park took home several accolades including Business of the Year and Employer of the Year. Other members recognised included Aunt Martha’s Tea Room, The Crown at Whitchurch, The Alma Inn, The Kilcott Inn, Wilton Court and Harts Barn Cookery School with Inspiring Creativity’s Rachel Shilston named Business Person of the Year.
Now in its seventh year, The Forester Business Awards recognises the successful business in the region that contribute to the local economy.
Malcolm and Fiona Wilton, directors of Monmouthshire Cottages,and winners of the Eco Business category, said of their win: “It’s always an honour to be chosen as a leading business, but we are especially proud to win this category.
“We live and work in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to know that you can run a top-end luxury accommodation business, which offers every comfort and yet does not spoil the natural environment is very special. We really try to ensure that everything we do is, Naturally Welcoming and we are thrilled that this has been recognised.”
WVFDT sponsored the Tourism Business of the Year Award for which association member Dean Forest Railway named as a Finalist.
Mark Terry-Lush, director of WVFDT, said: “We are really proud to support these awards because of therecognition they give to successful businesses in our area.
“Tourism is massively important to our rural economy with visitor’sspendingmoney beyond accommodation and attractions into shops, bars and cafes.A big well done to Dean Forest Railway andall of our members whose incredible work was recognised.”