Press release: 23 May 2012

Four tourism businesses from Cornwall shone in the national spotlight last night as they were awarded coveted titles in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012.

Gold glory was bestowed on Gwel an Mor in Portreath which won the title of Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year and on South East Cornwall’s Pentillie Castle & Estate, which came out tops in the B&B/Guest Accommodation of the Year category.

Bodmin Visitor Centre scooped silver for Visitor Information Provider of the Year and the Roseland based Roundhouse Barn Holidays, which was the only business in the country in the running for two awards, had double success with silver for Self Catering Holiday Provider and were Highly Commended in the Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation category.

The coveted accolades were presented at a glittering ceremony hosted by the national tourist board at the art-deco Athena in Leicester, on 22nd May. These prestigious awards, currently in their 23nd year, promote excellence in England’s tourism industry and celebrate the very best the country has to offer.

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, Cornwall Development Company’s tourism service, comments: “Once again I am tremendously proud of our tourism industry, to see the county so well represented in the national finals is an impressive achievement and what a result with gold, silver and highly commended accolades. To be recognised as being amongst the best in the country offers fantastic marketing potential and is a sign of true quality at every level.”

Bill Haslam, Managing Director at Gwel an Mor, adds: "We are delighted that Gwel an Mor has been recognised with the VisitEngland gold for excellence, a truly impressive national award after fending off lots of stiff competition. Winning the UK Holiday Village of the year is an amazing and well deserved achievement and I am so proud of our dedicated staff who have really earned this award. With the Olympics and Jubilee this is a great year to win, with all eyes on Britain and now the focus is on our own little picturesque piece of Cornwall"

An equally proud Sammie Coryton of Pentillie Castle & Estate agrees: "We are absolutely thrilled to have won this prestigious award. It is a huge accolade after only 3 years of opening, and could never have happened without the support of the family and the great team at Pentillie. We are delighted!"

The 34 Gold and Silver winners were selected from a shortlist of 69 finalists, judged by a panel of tourism industry experts including VisitEngland Board Member David Orr and travel broadcaster Alison Rice. For more information visit