Three local winners in South West Tourism awards

Three local winners in South West Tourism awards

Published by Mike Draper at 3:30am 8th February 2020.

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A Wiltshire village pub, a Salisbury outdoor activity company, and a famous visitor attraction have all received accolades.

The best of the South West was celebrated on Thursday night (6 February) at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, held amidst a stunning light show in Exeter Cathedral.

The event recognises the region's most excellent tourism businesses.

Entries into the Awards broke all records. Winners were spread across the whole region from Wiltshire and Dorset in the east, to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the west, and from Devon in the south to Somerset, Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire in the north.

LOCAL SWTA WINNERS

  • The Grove Arms pub at Ludwell took gold and was voted best in the DOG FRIENDLY PUB OF THE YEAR category
The Grove Arms at Ludwell at the South West Tourism Awards 2020
The Grove Arms at Ludwell was voted best dog friendly pub of the year at the 2020 South West Tourism Awards.
  • Go Skydive at Old Sarum in Salisbury won silver in the ACTIVE AND SPORTING EXPERIENCE AWARD category
Go SkyDive at the South West Tourism Awards 2020
Go SkyDive won silver at the 2020 South West Tourism Awards.

Paul Shipway, General Manager of GoSkydive said:

“We are incredibly pleased to have won silver at such a prestigious awards ceremony. I’d like to thank our team for helping to make this possible.

It’s a real privilege to work with such talented and committed people. Reaching the finals at 3 of the last 4 years is excellent recognition for us as a business.”

Stourhead National Trust - South West Tourism Awards 2020 (Nick Williams Photographer) (2)
The National Trust Stourhead estate won bronze at the 2020 South West Tourism Awards.

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With 374 guests, it was the biggest annual regional gathering of South West tourism businesses, with 107 different awards presented following a rigorous judging process in which a record 773 entries were considered.

Awards organiser, Robin Barker of Services for Tourism, said:

"I never cease to be amazed by the innovation, dedication and imagination of our tourism businesses - not to mention their sheer hard work."

"It's humbling to be part of this and I'd like to add my congratulations to all the winners."

Jeremy Mitchell, marketing and communications director, St Austell Brewery, who sponsored the awards said:

"There are so many businesses and individuals in our region that deserve to be recognised for their outstanding contribution and world-class hospitality. We'd like to congratulate those who were awarded for their best practice, hard work and excellent service. It was a fantastic night of celebration and all of the winners should feel extremely proud of all that they continue to achieve."

Top performers in matching categories will now go on to be nominated for the national VisitEngland Awards, with the potential to become national winners in summer 2020.

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