A holiday park in Kinmel Bay has been hailed as one of the best in North Wales.

Golden Sands on Foryd Road was a shortlisted finalist at the 2018 Go North Wales Tourism Awards.

The ceremony at Venue Cymru in Llandudno was organised by North Wales Tourism which represents more than 1,500 tourism-related members across the area.

The audience was entertained by Britain’s Got Talent finalist Gruffydd Wyn Roberts, from Anglesey.

Reaching the final was an “incredible achievement”, according to Golden Sands general manager Laurie Clark.

He said: “We have 500 bases, 100 we have as a fleet unit with 400 spaces available for owners who rent out their caravans themselves.

“North Wales tourism is something we have always supported and being short-listed for this award is fantastic and testament to the hard work of all our staff. We have won numerous awards over the last few years including Conwy’s Best Bar None.

“Just being shortlisted for this award is good enough for me and perhaps next year we can collect the title. The standard of entry into these awards is incredible high but then again North Wales really is the jewel in the UK’s tourism crown.

“As a privately-owned caravan park, we are able to provide a wonderful personal service, react quickly to our guests’ wants and needs as well as investing regularly in our facilities.

“Many guests have stayed with us over the years. In fact, we have guests who used to holiday here as children and are now bringing their own children, as well as grandchildren.”

The Welsh Government Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, was delighted to be at the awards.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate the best that the north Wales tourism industry has to offer - and we have such a lot to celebrate.

“It’s important for us to put tourism in the limelight and pay tribute to those who are committed and passionate about their businesses, tourism and North Wales – those who work so hard to welcome our 10 million visitors each year – and give them reasons to return.”

Speaking after the event, North Wales Tourism managing director Jim Jones said the sheer volume and quality of entries this year underlined why the region was increasingly being recognised as a world class destination which generates £3 billion every year and employs around 40,000 people.

He said: “It’s been very successful and I congratulate all the winners. However, in my eyes every nominee is a winner and all have played a party in what has been a successful year for North Wales Tourism.

“This event really showcases the very best of North Wales and we have seen so many amazing entries. It is a clear indication to me that the quality of the tourism offer here is improving every year.”

“We already had the raw material in the form of our breath-taking scenery and stunning coastline and now we have the infrastructure to match. “We are not resting on our laurels though. The competition will not stand still so we must always strive to get better.”