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.