WE HAVE known it for years, but now it’s official – Gloucester’s top attractions are ‘excellent’.
Six of Gloucester’s best known attractions have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel website.
Gloucester Cathedral, the Docks, the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Regimental Museum, Gloucester Waterways Museum and The Folk Museum have all been recognised for the outstanding customer experience they offer.
Marketing Gloucester chief executive, Jason Smith, said: “Visitors from across the world have posted excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. These awards show that Gloucester is a city that tourists want to visit.
“It is very exciting because Gloucester has the highest annual growth of tourists in the region. This is due to the city’s historic attractions and the regeneration work that has taken place in the city.
“I have no doubt that being a host city for the 2015 Rugby World Cup will continue the success.”
The news comes in the same month that Gloucester Tourist Information Centre was awarded Gold in the national Visit England Excellence Awards.
Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “Tourism is an important part of the city’s economy and it is something which I think we can grow even further.
“We have to embrace some of the online channels that help people decide where they visit and for these attractions to be recognised to really great news. They have shown that as well as being great attractions, they provide a positive experience which encourages tourists to come to Gloucester again.”
Now in its fourth year, the TripAdvisor award is only given to attractions or businesses which consistently achieve outstanding reviews on the travel website.
With more than 150 million reviews from travellers, TripAdvisor has become a key resource for tourists to see what cities like Gloucester have to offer.
Lavinia Drake, curator of The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, said: “It has been fantastic to be recognised by visitors as a museum of excellence.
"Since the museum has been refurbished it is even better.”