FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR CORNWALL TOURISM AWARDS 2017/18
After a record 131 judging visits to businesses and a marathon judging panel meeting the Finalists have been announced for this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 2nd November 2017.
The annual competition saw an increase to 26 categories this year, with a new Guided Tour category and other changes to reflect the ever-changing nature of tourism. 180 entries were received from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with 75 selected as finalists who will be in suspense until the Awards Ceremony at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. A further 18 receive Highly Commended status.
Successful businesses in the Cornwall Awards will be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2018 and possibly invited to represent Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the 2018 National VisitEngland Awards, in which Cornwall has often been the best performing county.
Mark Warnes, property and portfolio director at headline sponsors Hoseasons, says: “We are once again very proud to be supporting these awards and very much looking forward to playing our part in recognising the efforts and achievements of tourism businesses across the region. The time, energy and money they continue to invest in their offer is what keeps people coming back year after year, and what makes this area such an enduring holiday hotspot.”
Awards organizer Robin Barker of Services for Tourism adds: “The response from Finalists when we tell them of their selection says it all, with ‘wow,wow, wow’ being the first three words from the first respondent. Being recognised in these awards means so much to businesses, recognising their dedication, imagination and the kind of ceaseless investment that 21st century tourism requires.”
The 26 award categories cover everything from cookery schools, glamping, hotels and cafes to museums, spas and campsites. A Winner of Winners title and special Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award will also be presented on the night.