Press release: 12 Feb '15

Cornwall stole the show in the South West Tourism Awards, walking away with more than half of the top titles across the 20 categories.

Bosinver Farm Cottages near St Austell led the county’s triumphs by picking up the Winner of Winners award as well as gold for Self-Catering and bronze for Sustainable Tourism. The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014, which attracted 197,000 people over four days last summer (28-31 August 2014), was awarded Tourism Event of the Year.

A further special award went to The Emerald for its innovation in water management and Trethem Mill Touring Park continued its history of award-winning success by collecting gold for Holiday Park & Village. Other gold businesses included The Scarlet for Small Hotel, Mobius Adventures for Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience, and Launceston Tourist Information Centre.

Cornwall’s victories also extended to the food categories with Restaurant Nathan Outlaw taking the hotly contested Taste of the South West Award, and the Tourism Pub of the Year title going to The Pandora Inn.

The results were presented (on Thursday 12 February) at a black-tie event in the Great Hall of the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare by ITV news presenter Kylie Pentelow, with an inspiring opening address by travel writer and adventurer Monty Halls. Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, was there to join the celebrations: “What a fantastic result for Cornwall and all the businesses involved. As well as winning the lion’s share of the gold awards, our businesses have accumulated a healthy number of silver, bronze and highly commended titles, highlighting that Cornwall is a true star of the region.”

Sam Groom, Falmouth Tall Ships Event Manager, adds: “The Tourism Event of the Year award is a symbol of the hard work and passion of the hundreds of people that made the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta the success that it was. From volunteers and local businesses to the emergency services and of course the vessels themselves, everyone got behind the event and together we made sure the end of August 2014 was a time to be proud of. I couldn’t be more delighted that the event has been recognised and is up there with the big names in the industry.”

Councillor Julian German, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, concludes: “This is a great start to 2015. The diversity of awards demonstrates the strength of our tourism industry and showcases quality in everything from accommodation through to customer service. Congratulations to all of the winning businesses.”

The South West Tourism Excellence Awards recognise and reward quality across the region and are the result of a rigorous 3-stage judging process of marking, visits and panel meetings. They form the regional heat of the national VisitEngland awards, to which eligible winners will now progress.

For a full list of winners visit www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk

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