Published: Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Visit Greenwich has been recognised with three top awards at the UKInbound awards ceremony.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich attracts 19 million visitors a year and is home to a Unesco World Heritage Site, the world-famous Meridian Line and hundreds of years of Royal and Military history - and now the Visit Greenwich tourism body and its partners have been recognised for the work they do promoting the borough.

Recognised for work to improve the visitor experience

Visit Greenwich won the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) of the Year award in recognition of its work with tourism businesses to improve visitor experience, increase visitor numbers and the length of time tourists spend in the borough. The knock on benefits of this include boosting the local economy and creating more jobs.

Visit Greenwich is a private/public partnership which is led by a board of tourism professionals representing different sectors of the industry and an independent chair.

Greenwich also picked up other awards at the ceremony in Cardiff, with the Cutty Sark winning attraction of the year and City Cruises winning service provider of the year.

Supporting the local economy

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Wellbeing, said: "I'd like to congratulate Visit Greenwich for winning best Destination Management Organisation. Its work with local tourism businesses has vastly improved the visitor experience. Greenwich now attracts 19 million visitors a year, who spend £1.3bn in the local economy, which in turn supports 15,000 local jobs.

"Visit Greenwich's work has been instrumental in encouraging visitors to extend their stay in our borough so that they can enjoy everything it has to offer. We look forward to continuing to work with them in future to ensure that tourists come back here time after time."

'Come along way in just four years'

Barrie Kelly, Chief Executive of Visit Greenwich, said: "It was a great night for Greenwich, winning the tourism treble at the annual UKInbound awards in Cardiff. Visit Greenwich won against tough competition such as Visit Wales, Bristol and Glasgow. 

"I'm very proud for Visit Greenwich to be recognised in this way. We are one of the newer DMOs in the country and we've come a long way in just four years since we were created.  Tourism has grown by 19 per cent since 2014 and this is largely down to the work of Royal Greenwich and the Visit Greenwich partnership."