The winners have been revealed for the 2021/22 Cornwall Tourism Awards.
An online event, hosted yesterday (Feb 3) by Daphne Skinnard and Robin Barker, saw 66 awards presented across 22 categories, with four awards held back for a face-to-face event in April.
Among the winners, Tregoad Holiday Park was named Holiday Park of the Year, while also taking Silver in the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism’.
General manager Matt Way commented: “We are over the moon to have been recognised at such a well-established industry event in our county. Our team has worked exceptionally hard to get the Park to where it is today, focusing on delivering a five-star holiday experience to guests while also honouring our commitment to improving sustainability throughout all operations.”
Other winners included Carlyon Bay Hotel which was named Large Hotel of the Year and the Idle Rocks in St Mawes, which scooped the Restaurant of the Year category.
The 20th year of the competition was run in what proved to be another tumultuous year for tourism, with the focus on excellence, innovation and resilience as relevant as ever.
Deborah Heather of headline sponsor, Quality in Tourism, said: “The last couple of years have undoubtedly been the most challenging in my lifetime for tourism. To be a finalist in the Cornwall Tourism Awards this year is truly an extraordinary achievement. Quality in Tourism is proud to be headline sponsor of the awards and we are simply blown away by the calibre of those applying, never mind the finalists and the winners. Congratulations to all.”
Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, added: “After two very challenging years, it is very exciting and also gratifying to see the dedication of the finalists to drive up quality, despite there being a pandemic with all its twists and turns to cope with – a very big well done to all of you.”
Winners in most categories will be automatically considered for the regional South West Tourism Excellence Awards later in the year, with many going on to be nominated to represent the region in the national VisitEngland awards. The 2022/23 awards are planned to be launched in April.