Tourism Awards finalists revealed

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The Fowey Hotel – finalist in the Small Hotel of the Year category
The Fowey Hotel – finalist in the Small Hotel of the Year category

Anticipation is building for forty of Cornwall’s top tourist establishments who have won gold, silver or bronze in this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.

Pubs and hotels, holiday parks and restaurants, visitor attractions and cafés the length and breadth of the Duchy are quietly celebrating, having made the final “top three” in any of the 14 Award categories.

Each one is now assured of winning a gold, silver or bronze award and will look forward to the grand Awards Ceremony at the Headland Hotel on Thursday  October 15, when the winners will be announced.

Among the double finalists is the luxurious Helsbury Park in Camelford which has reached the final for both Self-Catering Establishment of the Year (sponsored by Exhibitions Southwest) and Sustainable Tourism Award (sponsored by St Austell Brewery). Owner David Wilson values the recognition that the Awards bring: “Awards are a vital element of our reputation marketing strategy, they raise our profile and give credibility at a national level, making it much easier to convert enquiries into customers.”

Bedruthan Steps Hotel and St Michaels Hotel & Spa also join Helsbury Park in achieving two places on the finals board with both going head-to-head for Tourism Website of the Year (sponsored by Newquay Cornwall Airport).

Fowey is also seeing some friendly rivalry with two local hotels battling it out for a second consecutive year for the Small Hotel of the Year award (sponsored by Nixon Design) with the Old Quay House and Fowey Hotel shortlisted together. Last year top honours went to the Old Quay House – will they defend their title or will the Fowey Hotel triumph?

Meanwhile, Falmouth has been revealed as Cornwall’s best location for eating out, taking all three top places in the café category (sponsored by Rodda’s) as well as one for restaurant (sponsored by Newquay Fruit Sales). Arty Williams of The Cove commented: “We are delighted to be in the final three for the Restaurant of the Year category. We strive to provide great food and service, in a beautiful location, to showcase what Cornwall has to offer. To receive recognition in these prestigious awards is a credit to our teams dedication.”

Announcing the “top three” lists, Teresa Timms of VisitCornwall said: “I say it every year but the standard of entries that we receive for the Cornwall Tourism Awards just keeps getting better and better and this year has certainly been no exception. In fact, so high was the quality of entries that for the first time in the Awards history there are four finalists in the Self-Catering Establishment of the Year category. So close was the marking that the judges couldn’t place one above the other.

“To gain a placing on the finals board is an amazing achievement and all of the business should be immensely pleased with themselves. I look forward to celebrating with them at the Awards Ceremony next week.”

For further information and a full list of finalists and sponsors visit cornwalltourismawards.com.

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