International Tourism Awards finalists announced

The finalists in the British Guild of Travel Writers 2019 International Tourism Awards (ITA) have been announced.

The ITA scheme recognises excellence in tourism projects in three categories: ‘UK and Ireland’, ‘Europe’, and ‘Wider World’. Guild members nominated projects that have opened, or started, within the last three years and which they believe deserve wider recognition. Some projects have cost millions and are well-publicised; others are simpler community projects that take just as much effort and love.

The list of finalists for 2019 is:

Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project

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Britain’s Muslim Heritage Trails
Woking and Brookwood, Surrey
Nominated by Tharik Hussain

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum
Nominated by Robin McKelvie

Walthamstow Wetlands
Tottenham, London
Nominated by Liz Gill

Best Europe Tourism Project

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Bauhaus Museum Weimar
Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
Nominated by Stuart Forster

Oodi – Helsinki Central Library
Nominated by Tim Bird

The CWGC Experience – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Beaurains, Arras, France
Nominated by John Ruler

Best Wider World Tourism Project

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Black Lemur Camp – Parc Andrafiamena Andavakoera
Nominated by Hilary Bradt

The Route of Parks of Patagonia
Nominated by Aaron Millar

Zeitz Mocaa – Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Cape Town, Republic of South Africa
Nominated by Vivien Devlin

The next stage of the process sees BGTW members voting for a winner in each category. The winners will be announced at the BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner that takes place on Sunday 3 November at The Savoy hotel in central London, the eve of World Travel Market.

Nominated tourism projects that didn’t make it through the shortlisting process receive a BGTW Merit Award. Those projects are:

UK and Ireland BGTW Merit Award Winners

Eel Pie Island Museum
Twickenham, Middlesex
Nominated by Paul Wade

International Bomber Command Centre
Canwick Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Nominated by Simon Willmore

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens
Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex
Nominated by Petra Shepherd

Moat Brae – National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway
Nominated by Vivien Devlin

The Great West Way – London to Bristol
Nominated by Kathy Arnold

The Welcome Building – RHS Garden Wisley
Woking, Surrey
Nominated by Stuart Render

Wentworth Castle Gardens
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Nominated by Anthony Lambert

Windermere Jetty – Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
Windermere, Cumbria
Nominated by Kirstie Pelling

Europe BGTW Merit Award Winners

Atelier des Lumières – Digital Museum of Fine Art
Paris, France
Nominated by Paul Wade

National Museum of Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia
Nominated by Mary Novakovich

Wider World BGTW Merit Award Winners

‘Kawasemi Yamasemi’ – Designer Sightseeing Train
Kyushu, Japan
Nominated by Stuart Render

Massachusetts Whale Trail
Massachusetts, USA
Nominated by Paul Wade

Prana by Atzaró – Luxury Phinisi yacht
Nominated by Michael Howorth

The American Prohibition Museum
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Nominated by Lindsay Sutton

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Yorktown, Virginia, USA
Nominated by Mary Moore Mason

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By: Simon Willmore BGTW Chairman, Digital manager, Writer