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

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

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum
Dundee
vam.ac.uk/dundee
Nominated by Robin McKelvie

Walthamstow Wetlands
Tottenham, London
walthamstowwetlands.com
Nominated by Liz Gill

Best Europe Tourism Project

Bauhaus Museum Weimar
Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
klassik-stiftung.de/en/bauhaus-museum-weimar
Nominated by Stuart Forster

Oodi – Helsinki Central Library
Finland
oodihelsinki.fi/en
Nominated by Tim Bird

The CWGC Experience – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Beaurains, Arras, France
cwgc.org/visit-us/visitor-centres/cwgc-experience
Nominated by John Ruler

Best Wider World Tourism Project

Black Lemur Camp – Parc Andrafiamena Andavakoera
Madagascar
rainbowtours.co.uk/accommodation/madagascar/black-lemur-camp
Nominated by Hilary Bradt

The Route of Parks of Patagonia
Chile
rutadelosparques.org.en
Nominated by Aaron Millar

Zeitz Mocaa – Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Cape Town, Republic of South Africa
zeitzmocaa.museum
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

Eel Pie Island Museum
Twickenham, Middlesex
eelpiemuseum.co.uk
Nominated by Paul Wade

International Bomber Command Centre
Canwick Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
internationalbcc.co.uk
Nominated by Simon Willmore

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens
Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex
leonardsleegardens.co.uk
Nominated by Petra Shepherd

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

The Great West Way – London to Bristol
greatwestway.co.uk
Nominated by Kathy Arnold

The Welcome Building – RHS Garden Wisley
Woking, Surrey
rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/garden-highlights/welcome-building
Nominated by Stuart Render

Wentworth Castle Gardens
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
nationaltrust.org.uk/wentworth-castle-gardens
Nominated by Anthony Lambert

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

Europe

Atelier des Lumières – Digital Museum of Fine Art
Paris, France
atelier-lumieres.com/en/home
Nominated by Paul Wade

National Museum of Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia
narodnimuzej.rs/
Nominated by Mary Novakovich

Wider World

‘Kawasemi Yamasemi’ – Designer Sightseeing Train
Kyushu, Japan
jrkyushu.co.jp/english/train/kawasemi_yamasemi.html
Nominated by Stuart Render

Massachusetts Whale Trail
Massachusetts, USA
whaletrailma.com
Nominated by Paul Wade

Prana by Atzaró – Luxury Phinisi yacht
Indonesia
pranabyatzaro.com
Nominated by Michael Howorth

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

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



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