The groundbreaking Best Western magazine Do Not Disturb has added another award to the trophy cabinet of publishers Cedar.
The title beat off competition from a formidable list of mainstream newspapers and magazines to carry of the special prize for travel journalism in the 2012 VisitEngland Awards Excellence held at Athena Leicester on 22 May.
The award, for Travel Article of the Year, went to Ian Belcher's feature 'Why Go To Venice When You Can Go To Birmingham?' It's part of a series where we celebrate the attractions of British towns and counties compared to their supposedly more glamorous overseas counterparts.
The shortlisted entries came from Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, The Independent, The Times, the Daily Express and Coast.
Cedar's editorial director and Do Not Disturb editor Mark Jones said: "I enjoyed the gasp of surprise when they read out the title of the article. But Ian did a brilliant job with what we'd admit wasn't the easiest brief in the world.
"It's great to have been on the same list as some very fine publications, let alone beat them. Best Western is very focussed on celebrating all that good, characterful and sometimes just odd in the UK. The mag is too. And we'd just like to give New York notice that we're about to compare them unfavourably to Glasgow."