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Christmas Markets take tourism award

The festive markets are recognised as a national attraction at award ceremony

Published on June 9th 2010.

Christmas Markets take tourism award

The Christmas Markets have been named 'Tourism Retailer of the Year' at the Manchester Tourism Awards.

The ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel on 27 May and compered by comedian and actor John Thomson. It was organised by Marketing Manchester.

It's the size of them, the atmosphere they bring to the city centre, and the way they've made themselves into an annual ritual for many workers and residents, as well as tourists.

The Christmas Markets were described as a 'great seasonal asset' with 'national appeal'. It's hard to imagine the city centre at Christmas time before this pop-up village of festive treats arrived. Although the idea of a Christmas Market is hardly new any more – they can be found every other town and city nowadays – Manchester's is undoubtedly one of the most impressive. It's the size of them, the atmosphere they bring to the city centre, and the way they've become an annual ritual for many workers and residents, as well as tourists.

Manchester City Council, who run the Christmas Markets, came away with three other awards on the night – one for Heaton Park which was voted the ‘People’s Choice’ by listeners of BBC Radio Manchester, and two for Manchester Art Gallery. This won Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and the Tourism Experience of the Year for the Angels of Anarchy exhibition.

Here's the full list of winners:

Access for all Award: Chill Factore

Business Tourism Award: Manchester Central Convention Complex

Large Hotel of the Year: Radisson Edwardian Hotel

Small Hotel/B&B of the Year: Cherry Clough Farmhouse Accommodation

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Manchester Art Gallery

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Taste of Manchester Award: The River Bar & Restaurant at the Lowry Hotel

Tourism Retailer of the Year: Christmas Markets

Tourism Event of the Year: Manchester International Festival

Tourism Experience of the Year: Angels of Anarchy at Manchester Art Gallery

Sustainable Tourism Award: Manchester International Festival

Serviced Apartments of the Year: The Atrium by Bridgestreet

Outstanding Customer Service Award: Roland Hoffman – The Lowry Hotel

The CityLife Night Time Award: Band on the Wall

The BBC Radio Manchester ‘People’s Choice’ Award: Heaton Park

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