Tuesday, July 9, 2013

News: Rotherham tourism businesses shortlisted for White Rose Awards


Rotherham tourism businesses, The Magna Science Adventure Centre and Throapham House have again been shortlisted for the highly coveted White Rose Awards.

After a record number of entries, Welcome To Yorkshire, the county's Destination Management Organisation, has announced the finalists for the UK's biggest tourism awards.

The Magna Science Adventure Centre has been named as a finalist in the business tourism catergory. The centre has picked up the business tourism award a number of times and awards recognising customer service.

Magna is the UK's first science adventure centre and is set in the former Templeborough steelworks. Millions of pounds have been invested in conference facilities at the centre which plays host to nationally important music events, boxing, corporate launches and award ceremonies.

Despite being the height of Summer, the visitor attraction and corporate venue is putting together its plans for Christmas parties, which this year will have a vintage funfair theme.

Over the last eight years the former steel works has played host to more than 44,000 people at its festive events, which have featured dodgems as the main attraction.

Throapham House in Dinnington is again in with a chance of being named the B&B accomodation of the year.

The five star B&B is part of Yorkshire's Finest Accommodation, a consortium of the very finest privately owned five star properties in the region who share a commitment to provide exceptional quality and service.

Throapham House is a Grade II listed property dating from around 1750. It has been the family home to the Hollands since 1993. It was refurbished in 2006 and now Ann and Robert (pictured) provide bed and breakfast accommodation in three spacious double rooms.

Ann Roberts, owner of Throapham House, said: "Having opened on our wedding anniversary exactly seven years ago this made another lovely reason for us to celebrate the day.

"We're sure to be facing stiff competition again so we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope to make it third time lucky for South Yorkshire."

Independent Chair of Judges, Professor Colin Mellors, said: "Strength in depth describes our entries this year which were of a really high quality. We had to take some incredibly difficult decisions when it came to shortlisting, and that is testament to the standard of these Yorkshire tourism businesses."

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: "Yet again we have had a record number of entries and what's especially pleasing to see, is a lot of organisations entering this for the first time. Our diverse tourism businesses are setting the standard nationally and our awards are for them in recognition of their tireless and creative work in helping make Yorkshire number one."

The winners will be announced at a glittering black-tie awards ceremony on November 11 at New Dock Hall near the Royal Armouries, Leeds.

Magna website
Throapham House website
Welcome To Yorkshire website

Images: Magna / Throapham House


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