Double Gold Awards for CDC Museum and Visitor Information Services
The museum won the gold award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year as the judges heaped the following praise on its excellent service:
“There is a saying that you ‘scratch Gloucestershire and find Rome’ and Cirencester’s Corinium Museum is an absolute treasure house of Roman history in Britain. We think that our museums are one of England’s greatest assets and the Corinium Museum should be praised for the quality of its collection and presentation.”
The MAC was judged to be the Visitor Information Provider of the Year and it received the following citation with its gold award:
“This award is based on ‘secret shopper’ results for Tourist Information Centres. Standards in the Cotswolds are extremely high and Moreton- in-Marsh Tourist Information Centre can therefore claim to be very, very good indeed.”
As an added bonus, the tourist information facility at the Corinium Museum gained the silver award in the same Visitor Information Provider category.
Both gold winners will now be submitting entries into the National Visit England awards and are hoping for more success.
Commenting on these successes, CDC Cabinet member for Customer Services, Cllr Barry Gibbs, said:
“The Corinium Museum goes from strength to strength and has received many awards over the last few years. This latest accolade follows hard on the heels of the staff achieving the prestigious Sandford Award for Education, which recognises best practice in learning services within the historic environment and related collections.
“The MAC Visitor information Centre has also performed very well recently – in fact, a few months ago Visit England ranked it as the top performer in the South West, as well as joint fifth in the nationwide Top Ten performers table. There were also strong performances in the Visit England ratings from our visitor information services in Cirencester, Tetbury and Bourton. We recently identified Moreton and Cirencester, along with Bourton , as our key strategic visitor information centres along the spine of the district, so we are particularly pleased that they are delivering such a good service for visitors to the Cotswolds.
“I would like to thank all the staff who have worked so hard to gain this recognition – they are a real credit to the Council and deserve praise for their very positive ‘can do’ attitude.”
Full details of the Cotswold Tourism Awards 2013 are now available online. For more information about the national Visit England awards see www.visitenglandawards.org/
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