Press release: 8 October 2013

Anticipation is building for 47 of Cornwall’s top tourism businesses having been named as finalists in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013/14, sponsored by St Austell Brewery.

The businesses have won a place in the coveted winners roll from a record number of entries following a rigorous judging process in which they were scored, mystery shopped and debated by a panel of industry professionals. Now one step closer to claiming Gold, Silver, Bronze or Commended the businesses are quietly celebrating as they await the Grand Award Ceremony which will take place at The Headland Hotel in Newquay on 7th November.

Presented by Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service, the Awards have a double purpose as Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, explains: “Cornwall is full of some amazing businesses who are continually developing and improving their offering. By recognising and rewarding this, the Awards celebrate and showcase excellence which in turn inspires quality across the industry.

“Unlike the Olympics trophies aren’t awarded on a default first, second and third basis as each category is reflective of the quality of the individual entrants. There could be multiple or singular winners in each of the categories which will make for an exciting Awards evening.” 

James Staughton, Managing Director of title sponsors St Austell Brewery commented: “Cornwall’s hospitality and tourism businesses are among the best in the industry and deserve to be celebrated this year more than ever. We are delighted to be part of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013/14  and to help shine a light on those individuals and their teams who continue to make Cornwall the UK’s favourite holiday destination”.

Councillor Julian German, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, adds: “The Cornwall Tourism Awards consider all aspects of a tourism business including quality of product and service, value for money, sustainability, accessibility and marketing. It is encouraging to see a number of past winners who have continued to show consistency in the quality of their offer, as well as many ‘first-timers’ in the list of finalists and I look forward to congratulating all the winners on the night.”

The 17 award categories cover everything from hotels and restaurants to activities and tourist information, as well as four new thematic attraction categories. There is also a special Wildlife Friendly Business Award and a Winner of Winners title will be awarded on the night.

For a full list of finalists visit http://www.visitcornwall.com/industry/tourism-awards

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