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Two Cornwall Tourism Awards winners are through to the VisitEngland finals

Two Cornwall Tourism Awards winners are through to the VisitEngland finals to compete for the tourism industry’s annual national Awards for Excellence.

VisitEngland has today announced the 48 finalists who will go forward to compete for the tourism industry’s annual national Awards for Excellence and two businesses from the 2022/23 Cornwall Tourism Awards have made it through.  The finalists are: 

They will have to wait until the national awards ceremony on 7 June at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, to find out if they win Gold, Silver or Bronze.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said “This impressive list of finalists demonstrates the innovation and excellence thriving across England’s tourism industry. The quality and number of applications also highlights the outstanding range of products and experiences on offer for both domestic and international visitors. We wish the finalists the very best of luck.”

Paul Hawkins of NFU Mutual Truro’s agency - headline sponsors of the 2023 Cornwall Tourism Awards - said: “We applaud all the finalists from the South West region who have made it to the finals. Our region really does lead the way in bringing visitors to England a magical experience. From the best in food and drink, to the warmest of welcomes at our many world-class hotels, restaurants and leisure offerings, we’re incredibly proud and wish everyone the best of luck.”

Awards organiser Robin Barker said “It’s great to see so many of our awards entrants progressing on to national recognition, having already been winners in Cornwall and the South West.  It shows their commitment to excellence and I offer them my hearty congratulations and the best of luck in the national awards.”

Rebecca Pearce, finalist Hendra Holiday Park said  “We’re so chuffed to have made it to the prestigious Visit England finals after winning Gold at the recent SW Tourism Awards. What a fantastic achievement for all of our team – we’re very proud and this national accolade represents a lot of hard work, dedication and investment over the years. We are very much looking forward to representing Cornwall at the awards ceremony in London.”

The route into VisitEngland nationals is via the Cornwall Tourism Awards which are now open for 2023/24 entries.  These awards cover the full range of tourism-related businesses including pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as accommodation, wedding and business venues, visitor information centres, attractions, events and experiences.  As well as opportunities to submit entries for unsung heroes, new businesses, dog friendly, accessibility, sustainability and water efficiency.  All entries must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday 18 June.  The awards are free to enter being supported by many sponsors and partners.