Hospitality businesses in the South West gathered together last week to see Harry Murray MBE Chairman of Lucknam Park Hotel awarded with a special Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award.
The South West Tourism Awards of Excellence recognise businesses in the area that are integral to the tourism of the region and support its growth.
The event was held at the Ashton Gate stadium, hosting almost 500 people at the home of Bristol Rugby and Bristol City.
Entries were 23% up on the year before, helped by a new county scheme encouraging more entries from Somerset, Bristol and Bath.
Murray was recognised for his campaign to raise standards of excellence and his ongoing support for education, training and development in the hospitality and tourism industries over five decades.
He has helped to develop and inspire the next generation of hoteliers and pioneers, including being a mentor to Kate Levin, general manager at The Capital in London.
Murray accepted the award saying: “I am honoured, delighted, and proud to accept this award on behalf of all the people I have worked with throughout my career.”
He continued to congratulate all the winners – including Claire Randall, MD of Lucknam Park who took the Gold Award for Best Hotel for a second year running, and the Silver Award for Best Spa.
He also congratulated Graham Grose, owner of The Thurleston Hotel, also recognised with a special award, and thanked South West Tourism making particular reference to Robin Barker who manages the event.