Unsung heroes was honored at the London Tourism Awards 2022
On March 10, representatives of the tourism industry gathered in the Old Library at Guildhall to commemorate London travel firms and individuals who have gone above and beyond the industry’s expectations.
For the first time in two years, the London Tourist Awards 2022, sponsored by London & Partners, brought together London’s tourism sector under one roof. It had ten categories, such as ‘Unsung Hero’ and ‘Resilience and Innovation.’
Following the last awards night, which took place only days until the first global lockdown, this year’s edition honored people like Hilton London Metropole’s Neeshal Jeewon , who won the ‘Unsung Hero’ award.
As the lockdown began, Jeewon began working with the organization OpenKitchen, which distributes extra food supplies from hotels to locals who were unable to purchase meals. Every week, he toiled to pack and mark boxes for those in need, and in collaboration with the Felix Project, he has distributed over 50,000 meals to far. He also collaborates with the Down’s Syndrome Association to ‘buddy up’ with handicapped persons who have been placed into long-term employment at the Hilton London Metropole.
The Barbican Centre received the ‘Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Tourism’ award for its dedication to sustainability, with the goal of reaching net zero by 2027.
The Postal Museum was complimented for its accessibility features, while Up at The O2 was hailed for restoring its experience only days after Storm Eunice damaged the O2’s roof last month.
Barge East, a floating restaurant on a canal in Hackney Wick, earned the ‘Taste of England’ Award for its cuisine as well as the ‘Resilience & Innovation’ Award for its work with food banks and providing free meals for children.
“Previous night’s London Tourist Awards 2022 recognised the hard period we have experienced as a tourism sector over the last several years, but most importantly, we looked positively to the future,” said Tracy Halliwell, chief of tourism, conventions, and big events at London & Partners.
The London Tourism Award 2022 winners are listed below. The winners and highly commended businesses will now automatically go through to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence at a national level.
Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award: The Postal Museum
Highly Commended: Sea Containers London
Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award: Barbican Centre
Experience of the Year: Up at The O2
Highly Commended: Skuna Boats
Large Hotel of the Year: The Langham, London
Highly Commended: Hilton London Metropole
New Tourism Business Award: The Londoner Hotel
Highly Commended: Terrible Thames Tour by Woods’ Silver Fleet
Highly Commended: The Birmingham Stage Company
Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year: The Chronicle by Supercity Aparthotels
Taste of England Award: Barge East
Visitor Attraction of the Year: London Transport Museum
Unsung Hero: Neeshal Jeewon, Hilton London Metropole
Resilience & Innovation Award: Barge East
Transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Guildhall Library:
Mercedes Benz S class Price £132
Travel time 1h 13 minutes
Distance 22.1 miles
Guildhall Library Address: Aldermanbury, London EC2V 5AF, United Kingdom
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