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West Midland Safari Park has scooped a variety of awards over the last week, including the prestigious “Best Animal or Sealife Attraction” Award.

The Group Travel Awards, an annual event organised by Group Travel Organiser magazine, was held in London on 3rd June 2016. It recognises the very best suppliers to the group travel industry, from hotels and resorts, to airlines and large attractions.

The “Best Animal or Sealife Attraction” award is a national award, highly coveted as it is voted for by visitors. But this was not the only award won by the Park at the ceremony. Guest Relations Officer, Sue Day, was recognised for “Outstanding Contribution to Group Travel by an Individual”.

Sue said, “We consider the group travel sector to be an important part of our customer base and have always endeavoured to support group organisers planning to visit our attraction.

“To have been acknowledged by such a prestigious organisation and a leading voice within the group travel industry as ‘Best Animal or Sealife Attraction for Groups’, beating off some very tough opposition, is praise indeed. Winning this award indicates that we are delivering the right kind of service to our guests.”

She continued, “My individual award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Group Travel by an Individual’ really is the icing on the cake. For anyone to have been awarded such an accolade by their peers and travel industry leaders is a mark of respect like no other and I cannot stress enough how truly humbled I am by this.

“We will continue to promote the benefits of group travel and support organisers to deliver the best possible experiences to their groups. I feel it is a great privilege to work at such a customer focused attraction and these awards make my many years of service even more rewarding.”

Not only did West Midland Safari Park excel at the Group Travel Awards, two members of staff were recognised for their excellent photography skills at the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) 50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony.

Videographer, James Felton, won the award for the “Wildlife in the Wild” category, with a fantastic picture of a marbled white butterfly, on the Park’s Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Head of Creative, Dave Powner, received a commendation in the same category for a photo of a goldcrest at the same location, as did James for his photo of a jackdaw in the Park’s African Village.

These awards highlight the hard work and dedication of the Park’s staff, as well as highlighting the individuals who stand out in their particular role. The Park hopes that next year will be just as successful.

Further information is available from the Park’s official website or by telephone 01299 402114. You can find out more animal news on the Safari Park’s official Facebook page: