Waterford Chamber and Vhi Healthcare announced the overall winners of the 2008 series of Business Excellence Awards at an award ceremony at Faithlegg House Hotel. The Awards recognises Business Excellence in four categories, Retail, Service, Manufacturing and Hospitality/ Tourism. The Hospitality / Tourism Award went to the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway.
To extend the season the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway organise special event trains such as the School Tour Trains from April to June, Spooky Express at Halloween and Santa Express in December. The company was nominated for the Business Excellence Award for the special event trains.
On accepting the award from Michael Broderick, Regional Manager, Vhi Healthcare, Maria Kyte, Business Development Manager, Waterford & Suir Valley Railway said "This is a very welcome award as it recognises the hard work of a wonderful crew of volunteers whose enthusiasm enhances the railway experience for visitors and makes them a pleasure to work with."
Maria went on to thank Waterford Chamber and Vhi Healthcare for the Award and reminded everyone that 2009 will be a challenging year for tourism and asked them to continue to support the railway as a tourist attraction and with the company's future plans to extend the railway in to Waterford City and operate a commuter light rail service between Waterford City and County.
The winners in the other categories were as follows :
Retail - Utopia Flowers
Manufacturing - Teva Pharmaceuticals
Services - Excel Promotions
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