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VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016

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VisitEngland, the national tourist board revealed the winners for the Awards for Excellence 2016 at its 27th annual ceremony held Tuesday night at Winter Gardens Blackpool, where we were one of the two official charities of the night.

VisitEngland logoCelebrating excellence across the industry, the prestigious ceremony – held for the first time this year during English Tourism Week – announced 16 winners including Best Tourism Experience, Best Visitor Attraction and Best Large Hotel and this year’s new edition, the Best Dog Friendly Business.

This year’s Awards featured 80 finalists: 16 Gold winners, 17 Silver winners, 16 Bronze winners and 31 Highly Commended were selected from over 400 entries which represented acclaimed tourism businesses throughout England. Winners were selected by a panel of tourism industry experts chaired by VisitEngland Board Member and Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, John Hoy.

Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland said, “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence – this year hosted at the magnificent Winter Gardens Blackpool – celebrate English tourism champions. These awards are the highest accolade in the industry, recognising the world class tourism experiences that can be found throughout England. As ever competition has been fierce, with winners from the regions coming through to compete at a national level so my congratulations to all our winners, especially the Gold Award winners who are the standard bearers for English tourism.”

VE Awards for Excellence 2016A raffle was held in aid of the Family Holiday Association and Springboard; the two official charities of the Awards, raising a fantastic £2,500 in total, with the proceeds split between ourselves and Springboard.

A huge thanks to all the businesses who donated a prize for the raffle:

Historic Royal Palaces, Hoe Grange Holidays, Low Mill Guesthouse, Pebble House, Crewe Hall, Higher Wiscombe, Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park, Darwin Forest Country Park, Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Peckforton Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, The Whitworth, Yorebridge House, Emma Bridgewater Factory, Wheal Martyn Museum, Yorkshire Trike Tour, Railholiday, La Locanda, Martineau Guest House, River Cottage HQ, The Cartford Inn, The Fleece Inn, Shibden Mill, The Swan, Bay Cycle Way, Barclays.