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Entries to this year’s Tourism Awards across the South West have hit new records, with 490 entries received, including 75 into the Dorset Tourism Awards, 174 into the Devon awards, 172 into the Cornwall Tourism Awards and 69 from the rest of the region. Entries are now closed and Judging is under way, through our team of 40 independent scorers and mystery visitors.

The Finalists and South West nominees for the national VisitEngland Awards will be announced at the end of November, prior to the Awards Event, which will be in the nave of Exeter Cathedral on 4th February - the high spot of the year for the region's tourism industry.

Awards spokesperson Robin Barker is delighted to see the success of the awards: “The Awards have hit new heights this year, breaking previous records again following the region’s success in May’s national awards, when we were England’s top region. It is especially good to see businesses showing year-on-year improvements and numerous first time entrants.

“I must also thank our many sponsors who fund the year-round programme, including headline sponsors South West Water, Hoseasons and Saffery Champness.  They and other sponsors will be benefiting from record visits to the awards websites, totaling 24,600 page views since the start of April.”

The awards celebrate excellence in tourism across the South West with linked schemes in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, aiming to promote and reward businesses and individuals in the tourism industry, whatever their sector and size. They are free to enter and all entrants receive feedback.

Cornwall, Devon and Dorset businesses should check the websites for their own their county schemes.