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Royal Shakespeare Company wins special tourism award

Date Posted: 21/04/11

Royal Shakespeare Company wins special tourism award

The Royal Shakespeare Company has won the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism prize at a VisitEngland event.

Its Enjoy England Awards for Excellence ceremony presented the theatre company with the gong in what is its 50th anniversary, and follows previous winners like Manchester United and the National Trust.

Other winners at the event included Manchester Art Gallery, which picked up the silver award in the large Visitor Attraction of the Year category, and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, which scooped gold.

Those booking Manchester hotels were told that the judges were impressed with the gallery's attempts to attract families, while it was also the only free attraction to make the prize shortlist.

It is currently showing new work by Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor, while Ford Madox Brown's art will be on show in an exhibition starting in the autumn.

"The gallery attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Manchester from all over the world, and displays some of the UK’s most high-profile exhibitions outside of London," said Manchester City Council's executive member for culture and leisure Mike Amesbury.

Posted by Becky Spence

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