Winners of the 2018/19 Cornwall Tourism Awards

Winners of the 2018/19 Cornwall Tourism Awards

Polmanter Touring Park, Gold, Touring, Camping & Caravanning Park of the Year

Little Winnick Touring Park, Bronze, Touring, Camping & Caravanning Park of the Year

Padstow Touring Park, Silver, Touring, Camping & Caravanning Park of the Year

The Anytime Booking Team

Tourism Businesses from across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly were celebrating on 1stNovember at the largest ever celebration of Tourism Excellence, midst a stunning light show in Truro Cathedral.

After 7 months of assessing evidence and a rigorous 3-phase judging process, the winners of this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards (#CTA18) have been announced.  Now in their 17th year, the awards saw 80 awards presented across 26 different categories, with new ones this year for Tourism Innovation and New Businesses.  The awards celebration was enhanced by a stimulating presentation from Executive Producer of Doc Martin, Mark Crowdy, who was in turn the recipient of a surprise Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award for the Doc Martin team and the show’s impact on Cornish Tourism.

It was the first time the Awards had been held in Truro Cathedral, with a record 398 guests attending what was an inspiring event, with high-tech lighting showing the Cathedral at its very best.

We were lucky enough to be in a position to sponsor the Touring, Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year category at the Awards this year, and what an honour it was! There is so much talent and drive in this sector of tourism in Cornwall and we are so proud to tell you that two out of the three finalists partner with us to power and manage their bookings.

Polmanter Touring Park clinched the Gold Award, Padstow Touring Park took Silver, and Little Winnick Touring Park secured Bronze. Huge congratulations to everyone and see you again next year!

Vanessa

Communications Director, Anytime Booking

Other top winners on the night included Railholiday, picking up the prestigious Winner of Winners trophy alongside three further trophies, whilst the new Tourism Innovation and New Business Golds were shared between the Cohort Hostel and Cornish Wine Tours.

Awards organiser Robin Barker welcomed all winners: “I’d like to congratulate you for having the courage to have a go, and put yourself through what is recognised as the country’s most rigorous tourism awards judging process.”

Speaking after the event Mark Warnes, Property and Portfolio Director at Headline sponsors Hoseasons, said: “Tonight is obviously about the winners, but the truth is every one of our finalists is in their own way a fantastic advert for what keeps this county at the forefront of the UK tourism industry. The pride and passion they have shown in their businesses over the last 12 months is why people continue to see Cornwall as one of Britain’s best holiday destinations and why holidaymakers come back year after year.”

Head of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, commented: “The awards shine the spotlight of excellence on some of our best and leading tourism operators in Cornwall. It is this excellence that makes Cornwall one of, if not the leading, UK holiday regions. It celebrates not only the businesses but also the team work from staff, Managers and owners as only team work can deliver excellence.”

The 26 award categories covered everything from surf schools, cafes and hotels to cottages, spas, holiday parks and camping and touring parks. Other Gold winners on the night included The Park, Cornwall, Newquay Activity Centre, The Sandy Duck B&B, Polmanter Touring Park, Carbis Bay Hotel and C-Bay Spa, Pentillie Castle and Talland Bay Hotel.

Food and Drink Golds went to The Cornish Vegan café, The Pandora Inn and The Fish House.  The Self Catering Gold went to Carn Mar, whilst Attraction Golds went to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno. Rick Stein’s Cookery School took Gold for Learning Experience with Select South West Tours and Bude Canoe Experience sharing joint Gold for Guided Tour.

Gold for the new Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism category went to Railholiday, while Lappa Valley Steam Railway took Gold for Accessibility and Inclusivity and Treworgey took Gold for Dog Friendly. The Tourism Event and Festival Gold went to Boardmasters, with a special community award going to Looe Saves the Day. Bodmin Visitor Information Centre showed their class once more, taking Gold for Visitor Information.  Gold in the popular Wildllife Friendly category was taken by Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing.

Successful businesses in the Cornwall Awards will be fast tracked into matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2019, to be held for the first time under Concorde at Aerospace Bristol.

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Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park Crowned Best in Carmarthenshire

Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park Crowned Best in Carmarthenshire

At the recent Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards, which were held at the Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli, Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park proudly took home the award for the Best Caravan, Camping and Glamping site of the Year. Based in the town of Llandovery, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Erwlon is a 5 star family run site, offering visitors to the area a holiday experience in a beautiful countryside location.

The Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards, which are held every 2 years, showcase the best of the tourism and hospitality industry within the county and with hundreds of entries received, Erwlon are delighted to come away with the Gold award in their category.

Erwlon was established in 1950s as a diversification from the farm and has been run by the Rees family ever since. Priding themselves on offering visitors a wonderful base for their holiday in Carmarthenshire, on site dedicated family and adults only areas make it a great choice for a caravan or camping holiday.

The focus at Erwlon has always been about providing a family friendly feel. On site facilities include a comfortable shower and toilet block including family changing areas, super pitches (which include hard standing, your own water point and grey waste discharge plus of course an electric hook-up) a children’s play area, a dog walking area and Wi-Fi. And with a commitment to always improving facilities for visitors, in 2017 the team introduced a new camp kitchen and also 4 luxury glamping pods called Riverside Pods.

Riverside Pods are en-suite self-contained pods offering an alternative glamping accommodation for visitors, and set in a beautiful location along the river, in a great spot to relax and unwind. Each pod sleeps up to 4 people and offer all the facilities you would need for a comfortable and cosy holiday, including under floor heating which means all year round glamping.

Peter Rees owner of Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park said “We are delighted to have won the Gold award in the recent Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards. To be recognised for our quality of offering, facilities and customer service is so rewarding. It also makes it especially rewarding to have won the award in the year where we have expanded our offering and introduced our glamping pods to the site. This not only allows our regular guests to bring friends and family with them but also introduces Erwlon to new customers.”

Erwlon and Riverside Pods are open all year round and to find out more about the on-site facilities, availability and to book online head to www.erwlon.co.uk.

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South West comes out top in national tourism awards

South West comes out top in national tourism awards

The national Visit England awards saw the South West reinforce its position as England’s top region for excellence for the sixth year running with multiple awards.

Finalists were all invited to receive their trophies from presenter Kirsty Allsopp at the VisitEngland awards event in Bath on 23rd April.

Three South West nominees took Gold trophies in the national awards:

  • Landal Gwelan Mor from Cornwall in the Holiday Park/Village category
  • The Roman Baths & Pump Room from Bath in the Inclusive Tourism category
  • Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park from Wiltshire in the Taste of England award

Silver award winners included:

  • The 25 Boutique B&B from Torquay in the B&B category
  • Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School from Cornwall in the Inclusive Tourism category
  • The Roman Baths and Pump Room for Inbound Tourism
  • The Milkshed from Devon in the Self Catering category
  • Devon’s Bulleigh Barton Manor in the Dog Friendly category
  • Wiltshire’s Lucknam Park in the Hotel of the Year award

Bronze award winners included:

  • Cary Arms & Spa “Inn on the Beach” from Torquay in the Boutique Guest Accommodation category
  • Salad Days Beach Hut from Dunster in the Dog Friendly Business category
  • Polmanter Touring Park from Cornwall in the Holiday Park/Village category
  • Loose Reins from Dorset in the New Tourism Business award
  • Screech Owl Sanctuary & Wildlife Park from Cornwall in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year award

Robin Barker from South West awards organisers Services for Tourism, said: “It’s…great to see the continued success of the South West and the region ‘heading the quality charts’ once again. With the 2018/19 Awards already open for entry we‘re looking forward to another record year ahead.”

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “These awards are a celebration of our thriving tourism industry.  They highlight the people and the organisations that deliver amazing experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination.”

Latest VisitEngland statistics show that in 2017 Brits took more than 47 million holidays in England, up six percent on the previous year. Brits spent more than £11 billion on domestic staycations in 2017, up six percent on 2016.

Tourism in England contributes £106 billion to the economy.

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Bosinver scoops top award for Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year 2017

Bosinver scoops top award for Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year 2017

Anytime Booking customer Bosinver has just won the Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year category at the 2017 VisitEngland Awards hosted at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel in central London. We are delighted for them – this national award is such an achievement, and it is wonderful to have their efforts recognised in this way.

Owner Pat says, “We have previously won the top national award for self-catering, but ‘Family Friendly’ is a new category and it is particularly thrilling to win this award as families are at the heart of our business. We strive to combine luxurious accommodation and facilities for parents with the creation of magical childhood memories for children on our farm.”

The congratulations have been flooding in on social media from guests, many of whom have been holidaying with at Bosinver for years. Check out what a wonderful place to stay it really is at www.bosinver.co.uk.

What Bosinver says about Anytime Booking

“The quality of our booking system is an essential part of our success – it is one of the first experiences our guests have of us so it must be as ‘award winning’ as the other experiences we offer – which it is! We are proud to use a Cornish firm that is going from strength to strength and building and improving the service that offered to us. Thank you, Anytime, for helping us to win this prestigious award.”

How Anytime can help you

1 Install a Book Now button on your website, the most effective call to action there is

2 Share live availability with global third parties like Booking.com, Airbnb and Tripadvisor

3 Increase your visibility on the web to take advantage of the spike in staycations and short-breaks

4 Maximise your booking process to capitalise on mobile browsing

5 Minimise the risk of double bookings

6 Flexible management tools to run your business your way, eg. categorising your inventory, setting your pricing, fixing discounts and occupancy rules, moving bookings

7 Up-sell welcome hampers, logs, activities, dogs, you name it – quickly and easily

8 Improve and automate the way you communicate with your visitors

9 Carve through your admin giving you more time to spend ensuring your guests have a fantastic stay

10 Detailed reception reports (arrivals/departures), housekeeping and financial reports, and owner statements

11 Backed up data and a great team of people behind the product to assist you every step of the way

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The creators of Anytime Booking wins Best Digital Start-Up award!

The creators of Anytime Booking wins Best Digital Start-Up award!

0713-0286 PR4Photos - Unlocking Potential - Awards 2013[14]The Negys team behind Anytime Booking are feeling incredibly honoured this week to have won ‘Best Digital Start Up’ at the Unlocking Potential Awards on Friday 12th at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

Wendy Radford-Gaby, Managing Director, founded Negys (the name Negys is the Cornish word for ‘business’) in November 2010 and was quickly joined by her brother Philip Radford as Technical Director, to deliver a variety of digital projects. Their most successful project, which is steadily growing to compete on the global arena, is their online booking and management software – Anytime Booking.

After 18 months in the making, Anytime Booking is being sold around the UK (and their latest camping customer is based in Sri Lanka!).  They have since employed two more full time staff; Bethany Taylor, Project Manager and Daniel Reeves as Developer.

Unlocking Potential have been a fantastic business support mechanism during the early years in business and helped Negys expand their business and seek talented employees over the past couple of years.

The team are not getting too complacent though, there are many fantastic plans for Anytime Booking going forward. The team are working closely with the developers at Pitchup.com, they’re creating lots of new features for time-based bookings – so watch this space!

For more information about the Unlocking Potential awards ceremony click here.