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PUBLISHED: 23:43 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 23:45 08 February 2018

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

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The winners of the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 have been revealed at a glittering ceremony.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

About 300 friends attended the black-tie occasion at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, to listen to the winners of the 13 classes.

Keynote speaker Allan Lambert, of headline sponsor Hoseasons, described the occasion as the largest and greatest tourism awards the area had seen.

He mentioned the usual of entries had been excessive and the winners deserved the popularity they’d obtain.

“But while the trophies are being presented and the photos are being taken, let’s not forget the runners-up – all of whom have had fantastic years and in turn done their bit for tourism in the east,” he mentioned.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Mr Lambert urged companies within the tourism sector to work collectively.

“Because it doesn’t matter if you are running a tea shop in Tuddenham, a caravan park in Kelling, or a self-catering company in Lowestoft – we all know how hard it is out there for businesses right now, so it really does make sense to stick together for the greater good where and whenever we can,” he mentioned.

He additionally welcomed the information that the Broads had been shortlisted within the BBC Countryfile’s National Park of the Year awards.

EDP editor David Powles mentioned that whereas many business sectors had struggled in 2017, it was a distinct story for tourism.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

“It was one of success and growth, both in Norfolk and Suffolk,” he mentioned. “Combined the tourism business in these two counties is value simply shy of £5bn and is chargeable for greater than 15computer of all employment.

“That’s a staggering figure and in 2018, with visitor numbers only expected to grow, the fantastic work you guys do become even more important to every single one of us.”

EADT editor Brad Jones mentioned the awards not solely celebrated total effort but additionally recognised particular person contributions.

He mentioned: “Regularly within the East Anglian Daily Times and the Eastern Daily Press, we give our pages over to optimistic tales about tourism development and achievement.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Pictured are East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones (left) and Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Pictured are East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones (left) and Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

“Going forward, I for one know I speak on behalf of both Dave and myself, and our two counties, when I say how grateful we are for your efforts. We will always do all that we can to celebrate them.”

Part means throught the ceremony there was a second of drama when the hearth alarm went off and firefighters had been despatched to the scene – however thankfully the incident was a false alarm.

The roll of honour

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

• Best Marketing award sponsored by Dayvisits and Take One Media: SPILL Festival of Performance, Presented by Pacitti Company.

• Best Bed & Breakfast sponsored by Ryans Insurance: Ixworth House.

• Food & Drink Tourism Attraction sponsored by Regency Purchasing group: The Ickworth.

• Best Self Catering sponsored by Norfolk Country Cottages: The Suffolk Escape.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

• Customers on the Centre of Everything sponsored by Camplings Linen: The New Wolsey Theatre.

• Best Independent Hotel sponsored by Norwich Print Solutions: Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

• Sustainable Tourism sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group: Secret Meadows.

• Best Small Visitor Attraction sponsored by Norfolk & Suffolk Tourist Attractions and Shopper Anonymous: Felixstowe Museum.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

• Best Large Visitor Attraction sponsored by Norfolk & Suffolk Tourist Attractions and Shopper Anonymous: Dinosaur Adventure.

• Holiday Park/Village sponsored by Willerby Ltd: Searles Leisure Resort.

• Broads Tourism award sponsored by Broads Tourism: Limes Farm Holidays.

• Family Tourism Event sponsored by Dann’s Norfolk Dairy Ice Cream: Aldeburgh Olde Regatta and Carnival.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

• Outstanding Achievement award: Martin Dupee.

Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography
Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography
Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Pictured is Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Pictured is Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography
Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Pictured is East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Pictured is East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography
Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Pictured are East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones (left) and Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. Pictured are East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones (left) and Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

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