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South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2017/18

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The best of the West’s travel and tourism businesses were announced on Thursday 1st February in the Arena at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay, where we were the official charity.

This year’s event was hosted by BBC news presenter Victoria Graham and a heart-felt opening address was given by travel journalist and Family Holiday Association Chair, Alison Rice.

The event celebrated excellence across the industry and 23 different awards were presented following a rigorous judging process in which a record 647 entries were recorded.

The Winner of Winners award went to Bovey Tracey’s Contemporary Craft Festival for their commitment to excellence, people, partnership, local provenance, education, development and for supporting those who can’t help themselves.

Outstanding contribution awards went to those looking after the South West’s Protected Landscapes and Neil Warren for his commitment to helping the region’s businesses and individuals become more sustainable and accessible for more than 15 years.

During the evening, attendees were treated to a spectacular performance by Bristol-based acrobats Tumbellina and an engaging speech from Benjamin Mee, owner of Dartmoor Zoo and inspiration behind the film ‘I Bought a Zoo’.

A raffle was held in aid of the Family Holiday Association raising a fantastic £3,460. A huge thank you to everyone who took part and to all of the businesses who donated a raffle prize:

Acorn Inn, Adventure Segway, Alison Howell’s Foot Trails, American Museum, Bristol Airport, Cantina, Carbis Bay Hotel, Cary Arms, Clockwork Marketing, Coast and Country Cottages, Cofton Holidays, Corinium Museum, Dorset House, Encounter Cornwall, Glas-denbury Music & Arts Festival, Golden Acre Holiday Bungalows, Hell Bay Hotel, Lion Rock Tea Rooms, Longlands, Loose Reins, Marlborough College Summer School, Mellulah Yoga, Met Office, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Mullion Cove, Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Plymouth Distillery, Purple Cloud Consultancy, River Dart Country Park, Salcombe Hotel Harbour & Spa, Scilly Seal Snorkelling, Screech Owl Sanctuary, Star Castle Hotel, Taste Café at Chesil Beach, The Contemporary Crafts Festival, The Green House Hotel, The Guardhouse Café, The Old Barn Tregonetha, The Swan, The Town Mill Lyme Regis, Wells Cathedral, Westward Living, Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary

Photo credit: Nick Williams