Liverpool has been voted Best UK City for the second consecutive year by readers of leading travel title, Group Leisure magazine.
Having seen off competition from Birmingham, London and Norwich, the 2008 European Capital of Culture was recognised at a special awards ceremony in Birmingham last night.
Active travel organisers from sports & social clubs, retired associations, special interest societies and other groups voted for what they consider the best across 21 categories, including awards for Best UK Resort, Best Airline and Best International Destination.
Janine Ross, campaign manager for VisitLiverpool was delighted: “Thank you to the readers of Group Leisure magazine and groupleisure.com for voting Liverpool as the Best UK City for two consecutive years. The Liverpool Coach Welcome Scheme has established itself in a relatively short time and its ongoing development is a very positive sign for the groups market. This is a major coup for the destination and a very proud moment for all partners involved in the Liverpool Coach Welcome programme.”
The coveted Group Travel Organiser of the Year® Award was scooped by Janet Spooner of Travel Treats, who organises a selection of day trips, short breaks and holidays for local people. Along with her trophy, Janet collected £1,750 to use on a familiarisation holiday of her choice.
The ceremony took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, and was attended by some of the top names in the travel industry. Awards were presented by Group Leisure magazine editor Rob Yandell, alongside special guest, comedian and television personality Bobby Davro.
Group Leisure magazine editor, Rob Yandell commented: “With more choice than ever before when it comes to arranging group trips and holidays, what better endorsement is there than a personal recommendation from group travel organisers? It’s great that the industry can come together to celebrate the success of so many individuals and companies within the group travel trade.”