The judging is now complete for the inaugural Conference and Hospitality Show Awards and the finalists are being announced live today (24th March) at the CHS Exhibition at Elland Road in Leeds.
70 entries, for 12 different categories, have been received from venues across the length and breadth of the country. Each category is designed to represent different aspects of hotels and venues and an independent panel of over 50 senior agency professionals have reviewed the submissions to determine the shortlist.
Leading the field is Alton Towers Resort who have a total of five nominations in Best Bedroom (Funky), Best DDR, Best Outside Space, Best Reception and Best Unusual Event Space. Stoke Rochford has three nominations for Best Afternoon Tea, Best Boardroom / Small Meeting Room and Best Bedroom (Classical), and Bolton Whites Hotel is shortlisted in Best Large Conference/Exhibition Space and Best Unusual Event Space.
Richard John, Chair of the Judges and Managing Director of RJA (GB) Ltd said: "It was a very hard decision to make but a great honor to review all the entries. The quality is extremely high, and I want to congratulate all those who took part. What is very evident is that the North has a very rich supply of top quality venues and suppliers, and it's clear the business tourism and hospitality sector is awash with high quality providers."
The finalists will now face an anxious wait as the results will be announced live at the CHS Awards on Thursday 30th April at The Queens Hotel, Leeds. You can follow the awards live using #CHSAwards.
Other Award categories include Best Anticipated Launch, Best Spa, Best Reception and Best Bar.
Full details of the Finalists 2015 and tickets can be found via the awards website www.chs-awards.com