Local winners at VisitEngland

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Tourism businesses from Cornwall have triumphed in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012.

Pentillie Castle

Gold was bestowed on Gwel an Mor in Portreath, which won the title of Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year, while south east Cornwall’s Pentillie Castle & Estate came out tops in the B&B/Guest Accommodation of the Year category.

Bodmin Visitor Centre scooped silver for Visitor Information Provider of the Year and the Roseland-based Roundhouse Barn Holidays had double success with silver for Self Catering Holiday Provider and was Highly Commended in the Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation category.

The accolades were presented at a ceremony hosted by the national tourist board at the art-deco Athena in Leicester.

Malcolm Bell, head of VisitCornwall, Cornwall Development Company’s tourism service, said: “Once again I am tremendously proud of our tourism industry, to see the county so well represented in the national finals is an impressive achievement.”

Bill Haslam, MD at Gwel an Mor, added: “Winning the UK Holiday Village of the year is an amazing and well deserved achievement and I am so proud of our dedicated staff who have really earned this award.”