SOUTH WEST TOP REGION AGAIN IN NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS
South West England again came away with more awards than any other region in this year’s national VisitEngland awards ceremony in Cheltenham on Monday, with 15 Awards overall including 4 Gold awards and 4 Silvers.
78 business awards were announced on the night, and with 15 of these from the South West the quality of visitor experience in the region has been highlighted once again.
The Visit England awards link with the South West Tourism Excellence Awards which held its regional awards ceremony in Plymouth on 31st January this year. This followed a rigorous selection process, including judging of nearly 350 entries from across the South West with many of them winning also in the Cornwall Tourism Awards, Dorset Tourism Awards and Devon Tourism Awards. Since January, the regional entries have been pitted against further entries from across the country, with 13 entries selected as Finalists representing the South West at the VisitEngland awards night in at Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday 12th May. These were joined by 2 winners from the Cotswold awards making the total of 15 from the region.
The top Gold awards went to Devon’s Calvert Trust Exmoor for Access for All, the Old Rectory in Martinhoe for Small Hotel, Cornwall’s Little White Alice for Sustainable Tourism and Gloucester Tourism Information Centre for Visitor Information Provider of the Year.
Silver awards went to Somerset’s Coleridge Cottage for Small Attraction, the English Riviera Tourism Company for Visitor Information, Cornwall’s Trebah Garden for Large Attraction and Cornwall’s Gwel an Mor Resort for Holiday Park / Village.
Also winners on the night were 7 finalists picking up Highly Commended accolades. From Cornwall there was The Pandora Inn, Hell Bay Hotel from the Isles of Scilly, from Devon there was River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Living Options Devon, The Arundell Arms Hotel and Calvert Trust Exmoor (this time in a different category) and from Gloucestershire the Ellenborough Park hotel.
Chairman of the South West judging panel, Alistair Handyside, said: "Once again leading tourism businesses in the South West have done us proud. The leading tourism region in the country continues to lead the way with a huge variety of innovative and high quality products to keep the customer experience at the very highest level and returning each year."
John Crouch, from South West headline sponsors Source for Business, said: “Yet again the South West has come up trumps and led the way, showing the rest of England that we know how to deliver a premier tourism product. Source for Business will continue to support the awards in the coming year and provide assistance to businesses in saving water and money.”
Robin Barker, of awards organisers Services for Tourism, commented: “This has been a stupendous awards year, with more entries than ever and outstanding quality. I offer my hearty congratulations to all the winners, who are all worthy ambassadors for the region. As one cycle ends another begins, and we look forward to seeing another crop of winners in the 2014/15 awards, which launch in the next 2 weeks.”
See below for list of winners from the South West
Access for All Tourism Award
Calvert Trust Exmoor GOLD
Countryside Mobility South West HIGHLY COMMENDED
Business Tourism Award
Arundell Arms Hotel HIGHLY COMMENDED
Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year
Gwel an Mor Resort SILVER
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Trebah Garden SILVER
Large Hotel of the Year
Ellenborough Park HIGHLY COMMENDED
Small Hotel of the Year
The Old Rectory Hotel GOLD
Hell Bay Hotel HIGHLY COMMENDED
Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
National Trust Coleridge Cottage SILVER
Sustainable Tourism Award
Little White Alice GOLD
Taste of England Award
River Cottage Canteen & Deli Plymouth HIGHLY COMMENDED
Tourism Experience of the Year
Calvert Trust Exmoor HIGHLY COMMENDED
Visitor Information Provider of the Year
Gloucester Tourist Information Centre GOLD
English Riviera Tourism Company (ERTC) SILVER
Tourism Pub of the Year
Pandora Inn HIGHLY COMMENDED
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