Flying high! Washington Wetland Centre wins TripAdvisor tourism honour

Leanne McCormella of the Washington Wetland Centre with one of the centre's ducks.
Leanne McCormella of the Washington Wetland Centre with one of the centre's ducks.
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A TOP travel website has commended a Wearside tourist attraction.

WWT Washington Wetland Centre has been honoured as a visitor hot spot by social travel network TripAdvisor.

The 103-acre nature reserve and wetland centre has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, placing it in the top 10 per cent of businesses listed worldwide on the site.

Recent reviews on the website, founded in 2000, praised helpful staff, a clean cafe, and even friendly geese.

More than a 100million travellers across the world use TripAdvisor to post reviews and chat in forums.

Only businesses which consistently receive outstanding feedback from visitors are awarded the certificate.

Leanne McCormella, marketing manager at WWT Washington, said: “Bringing people and wildlife together, for the benefit of both, is at the heart of what we do and, as such, we strive to offer everyone who comes through our doors a memorable experience.

“This award is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor and we’re thrilled to receive it.”

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four out of five or higher, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The website reveals that out of a total of 49 reviews, WWT Washington’s overall score is four-and-a-half out of five and the centre is ranked 17 out of 80 local attractions listed in the area.

Alison Copus, vice president of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business, added: “TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.

“The Certificate of Excellence award provides top-performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”