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BRISTOL'S tourist attractions were honoured at a special ceremony held in the city on Monday night.
Winners in the tourism awards included the At-Bristol centre which won with the Sustainable Tourism Award, Pieminister which won the Taste of Bristol Award, Bristol Zoo Gardens and The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, for Large Tourism Attraction of the Year, and Alveston House Hotel which was recognised for Small Hotel of the Year.
The winners will now all go forward to compete in the national awards held in London later this year.
The event was organised by Destination Bristol and Sounds Commercial with the backing of Bristol Marriott Hotels.
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The awards not only celebrate business excellence within the tourism and hospitality industry, but also recognise individuals and teams for their contribution towards the city's reputation as a key visitor and business destination.
For the first time, the local retail sector took part in the awards this year. Businesses within Bristol Shopping Quarter, which includes Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus, were shortlisted for two prestigious awards for high levels of customer service.
A total of 17 awards were sponsored by supporters of the tourism and hospitality industry, and nearly 200 entries were made.
The winners were announced at a gala dinner at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel attended by 300 representatives from businesses across the industry.
The sell-out event was presented by Ian Downs, 'Downsy', who hosts That Morning Thing on Bristol's 106 JACK fm and also volunteers as a tour guide on the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
The winners of many of the categories will now go on to represent Bristol in the VisitEngland Awards taking place later this year.
Kathryn Davis, commercial services manager at Destination Bristol, said: "This is a fantastic result for so many tourism and hospitality businesses in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
"We are thrilled that a high number of organisations and individuals took time to enter the awards and support this initiative.
"The success of this event was made possible by the support of Sounds Commercial, the Bristol Marriott Hotels and all the sponsors who give up so much of their own time to make this happen."