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Westcountry's sweet 16 named as finalists in tourism Oscars

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

By Lyn Barton, WMN reporter, Twitter: @BartonLyn

  • Beautiful Trebah Gardens, near Falmouth, is one of the finalists

  • Hell Bay Hotel on the Isles of Scilly is among the finalists

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A sweet 16 from the Westcountry have nabbed finalist places in this year’s Oscars of the tourism industry.

The VisitEngland awards highlight the very best hotels, businesses and people in the industry and will take place next month.

Chairman of the South West judging panel, Alistair Handyside, said the Westcountry had done it again.

“This is a brilliant result for the South West, and is well deserved recognition of the ongoing investment made by our leading tourism businesses.

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“Our congratulations to them all and we will be rooting for you on awards night on the May 12.”

Robin Barker, from awards organisers Services for Tourism, said all the finalists were worthy.

“Each year the standards in this competition get higher and higher, hence it is a testament to the industry that the South West again heads the league table amongst English regions.

“We will have to wait until the May 12 to find out what accolade each has won, but they are all worthy ambassadors for the region and I wish them all my congratulations and best wishes.”

Devon boasts six finalists, including Calvert Trust Exmoor who are up for two awards in the Tourism Experience category and the Access for All award.

The Arundell Arms Hotel is a finalist in the Business Tourism category for the second year running, alongside The Old Rectory amongst the Small Hotels, River Cottage Canteen in the Taste category and English Riviera Tourism Company, who are an award for Visitor Information Providers.

Cornwall has four finalists, with The Pandora Inn selected in the Tourism Pub category, alongside Gwel an Mor Resort in the Holiday Parks, Trebah Gardens making as a finalist in the competitive Large Attraction category and Little White Alice a contender for Sustainable Tourism.

National Trust Coleridge Cottage represents Somerset as a finalist in the Small Attraction category alongside Dickon Allen from Montacute House, nominated for the Tourism Superstar award.

The Isles of Scilly also achieved success, with Hell Bay Hotel making it through as a finalist in the Small Hotel category.

A further finalist is Countryside Mobility South West in the Access for All category, recognised for their service across the whole South West region.

The Visit England awards link with the South West Tourism Excellence Awards which held its regional awards ceremony in Plymouth in January.

This followed a rigorous selection process, including judging of nearly 350 entries from across the South West with many of them winning also in the Dorset Tourism Awards, Cornwall Tourism Awards and Devon Tourism Awards.

Since January, the regional entries have been pitted against further entries from across the country, with 13 entries selected as finalists representing the South West at the VisitEngland awards night in Cheltenham.

South West winners amongst 2014 Visit England Finalists:

Access for All Tourism Award

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Barnstaple, Devon

Countryside Mobility South West

Exeter, Devon

Business Tourism Award

Arundell Arms Hotel

Lifton, Devon

Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year

Gwel an Mor Resort

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Trebah Garden

Small Hotel of the Year

Hell Bay Hotel

The Old Rectory Hotel

Martinhoe, Devon

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

National Trust Coleridge Cottage

Bridgwater, Somerset

Sustainable Tourism Award

Little White Alice

Redruth, Cornwall

Taste of England Award

River Cottage Canteen & Deli Plymouth

Plymouth, Devon

Tourism Experience of the Year

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Barnstaple, Devon

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

English Riviera Tourism Company (ERTC)

Devon

Tourism Pub of the Year

Pandora Inn

Tourism Superstar

Dickon Allen from Montacute House

Montacute, Somerset

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