Cornwall businesses scoop gold in tourism awards
Tourism businesses from across the South West celebrated on Friday evening at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2012-2013, in association with Source for Business.
The ceremony took place at the Eden Project, where 61 different awards were announced, following a rigorous judging process in which over 300 entries had been considered. This year's awards event was hosted by BBC Radio Journalist Daphne Skinnard, with presentations made by Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit and the entertainer Lloyd Griffith.
Included amongst the night's Gold winners were the following Cornwall businesses:
- Nathan Outlaw's Seafood and Grill Restaurant in Rock - Gold in the Taste of the South West category
- Trethem Mill Tourism Park - Gold in the Holiday Park category and 'Winner of Winners'
- Pandora Inn, Mylor - Gold in the Tourism Pub category
- Bodmin Visitor Information Centre - Joint Gold in Tourist Information Service of the Year
- Falmouth Oyster Festival - Joint Gold for Tourism Event of the Year
- A Little bit of Heaven - Gold in the Access for All Award
- Pendragon Country House - Gold in Bed & Breakfast and Guest Accommodation of the Year
- Bedruthan Hotel & Spa - Gold in the Large Hotel of the Year category
- Bosinver Farm Cottages - Gold in the Self-Catering Establishment of the Year category
- Gwel an Mor Resort - Gold in the Outstanding Customer Service Award
Dave Roberts, Head of Business Development for Title Sponsors, Source for Business, said: "On behalf of Source for Business and South West Water I would like to congratulate all of the South West's tourism businesses represented at the Excellence Awards. Tourism is so important to our region, so it is fantastic to see that with each year the level of achievement gets higher and higher."
Robin Barker of Services for Tourism, who manages the awards programme, added: "After 10 months of work, this year's awards are finally drawing to a close. It has been an inspiration, with over 300 of the region's top tourism businesses involved and a judging process that has seen 164 visits, 16 panel meetings and hours of debate. No entry fees have been required and every entrant has received feedback. That's what I call an Awards Programme!"