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Gold Award Guest Houses 7 November 2003

Four Isle of Man guesthouses have been honoured for providing top quality and service to visitors.

The Registration and Grading Commission this year introduced the Gold and Silver Awards - mirroring a scheme operating in the UK to recognise the best achieving hotels and guest accommodation.

The hotel award is based solely on quality, with an emphasis on service and hospitality, whilst the guest accommodation reflects the quality of comfort and cleanliness in bedrooms and bathrooms, and the service and hospitality given throughout a guest's stay.

Following the annual assessment by Registration and Grading Commission assessors, four guest accommodation premises, achieved a Gold Award. They are Engelwood Lodge, King Edward Road, Onchan; Aaron House, The Promenade, Port St Mary; Birchfield Villa, York Road, Douglas and Brightlife, Andreas.

Chairman Peter Kissack explained: 'All four premises are the top grade - five diamonds - of guest accommodation but a Gold Award reflects that they achieved top marks in all categories during their assessment. They will be entitled to display the Gold Award at their premises and it's hoped that more accommodation providers will achieve the required gold and silver standard in the future.'

Tourism Minister David Cretney said: 'My Department is constantly working to improve the quality of service provided to visitors and it is gratifying that the highest achievers have been recognised in this way. The Registration and Grading Commission is a committee established by my Department, and I welcome this initiative to recognise the gold standard that is achieved by the accommodation providers.'

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