Press release: 10 July 2013

Cornwall is in the running to hold on to its crown as the nation’s favourite staycation destination having been shortlisted in the British Travel Awards 2013 for the fifth consecutive year.

Since 2009 Cornwall has beaten destinations from across the country to scoop the coveted top spot and Visit Cornwall, the official tourist board, is calling for everyone with a love for Cornwall, from first time visitors to lifelong fans and locals, to cast their vote and help Cornwall retain the enviable title by visiting

Local businesses can help support the voting campaign by voting themselves and by sharing the link with as many people as possible via Twitter, Facebook and Email.
Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, Cornwall Development Company’s tourism service, comments: “Cornwall has enjoyed tremendous success in the British Travel Awards but to be voted as the number one destination for the fifth time would be as special as the first. Now more than ever it is important for Cornwall to attract first time visitors and securing the public vote inspires confidence in a destination which in turn encourages visitors to try something new.”

To bolster Cornwall’s hopes further, local businesses have also been shortlisted in numerous other categories. Looe and Bude are friendly rivals for the title of Best UK Coastal Resort while the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Eden Project are contenders for Heritage Attraction and Leisure Attraction respectively. The Tamar Valley doubles Cornwall’s chances in the Best UK Holiday County or Region category, and to complete Cornwall’s list of hopefuls, a number of holiday park operators and self catering agencies who have a high proportion of their accommodation in Cornwall have also been shortlisted.

Julian German, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, adds: “Cornwall’s multiple short listings demonstrate excellence across our tourism industry. This proves that Cornwall as a whole, and individual businesses and areas, are striving to be the best, which is vital in the ever evolving tourism industry. It is fantastic to see so many worthy businesses in the running for the awards and contributing to Cornwall’s premier status.”

Voting closes at the end of September and the winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on 31 October at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.

You can help Cornwall to win by visiting or