Hotels in Devon came up trumps at this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards, held in February.
A total of 98 trophies were presented to some of South West’s leading tourism businesses, with a selection of key hotel establishments in Devon taking home awards.
This year’s awards were presented at a ceremony in February at the Grand Pier in Weston Super Mare, where judges had decided on the final winners from a record 425 entries altogether.
Devon tourism establishments were awarded a total of 30 awards, with 5 Gold, 9 Silvers and 16 Bronze. Carolyn Custerson, chair of Visit Devon says of the county’s success: “This is great news for Devon, we are delighted the county has been recognised in this way. After the difficult year we had with the storms last winter it is great to be recognised in this way. It is a terrific achievement to win so many awards and demonstrates the breadth and quality of Devon’s offering.”
Amongst the night’s big winners were Devon’s Millbrook Cottages, taking joint for self-catering, the Elmdene, outright gold winner in the B&B category, and Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, gold for Sustainable Tourism.
Judges were delighted to see increased interest in the important Access & Inclusivity category, with golds shared between Countryside Mobility in Devon and the Bath Preservation Trust.
There was also increased interest in the Venue & Business Tourism award, won for the first time by Devon’s Deer Park Hotel.
425 were considered for the Awards, with all entrants undergoing a rigorous short-listing process and 275 being visited by a team of 35 mystery shoppers. Entry was free, and all entrants received feedback on how they had done, giving them useful tips for future success.
Up to six award winners from each category in this year’s awards have also had the opportunity to represent the region at the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in May.
The full list of finalists and highly commended entrants is shown below and can also be found at www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk