Visit London hands out event award

Visit London’s inaugural Business Event of the Year award has been picked up by Launchpad Events for the launch of City trading system IPC Max this March. The category was created in order to showcase the best B2B events in the capital, and was presented at the third Visit London Awards ceremony held at the Roundhouse. Launchpad transformed the venue’s Great Hall into a penthouse suite for the three day launch. Meanwhile Excel London was named as the 2006 Business Venue of the Year, with judges pointing out that it had gone from strength to strength due to a thoughtful programme of investment. Apex City of London Hotel picked up the newly created Future London Sustainable Tourism Award for a raft of sustainability measures, and for the chain’s communication of sustainability messages to customers and staff. Sustainability was at the forefront for this year’s awards, with environmental credentials being considered in all 16 categories, and bonsai trees being presented as trophies. The London Hilton Park Lane won the Large Hotel of the Year award. Judges recognised the venue for its continual investment in new products such as the POP Champagne bar and newly refurbished Galvin at Windows restaurant. The Zetter was named as the Best Small Hotel and praised for its quirky personality as and environmental credentials. Visit London chief executive James Bidwell said: “The event is a fitting celebration of the capital’s top tourism businesses, whose dedication and work contributes to London’s position as the number one city destination on the planet.” GMTV presenter Kate Garraway handed out the awards in front of more than 800 guests. Chef Gordon Ramsay was given the Special Award for Outstanding Achievement for his efforts in promoting British food with his nine London restaurants. The other award winners were: - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - the National Portrait Gallery - Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - the Fan Museum, Greenwich - B&B of the Year - B+B Belgravia - Hostel of the Year – the Globetrotter Inn - The Tour London award - BBC Tours - Cultural Event of the Year award - the Sultan’s Elephant - Tourist Information Centre of the Year - Britain and London Visitor Centre, Regent Street, - Marketing / PR Campaign award - Pearl Restaurant and Bar for ‘Shopping with the Chef’ - Tourism Website - www.barbican.org.uk - Best Borough Initiative - River Partnership for Photo Access Maps - Outstanding Customer Service - Sharon Francis, gallery assistant at the National Maritime Museum - London Tonight Best Day Out for Londoners award - British Airways London Eye - The Evening Standard’s Entertainment award - Tate Modern and The Lion King - LBC News 1152AM listeners favourite restaurant - Wagamama - Visitors to visitlondon.com nominated Covent Garden as their top shopping choice.

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