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Fifteen of the Finalist places in this year’s national VisitEngland awards have been taken by tourism businesses from the South West, making it the top English region for the 5th year running and reinforcing the region’s position as the country’s top quality tourism destination.

Finalists have just been announced for the Visit England awards, and with 22% of these from the South West there’s a clear message about the quality of visitor experiences across the region.

The Visit England awards link with the South West Tourism Excellence Awards which held its awards ceremony in Bristol on 2 February, when 135 awards were announced at an event attended by 469 of the region’s top businesspeople.  This followed a rigorous selection process, including judging of a record 560 entries from across the South West with many of them winning also in the Dorset Tourism Awards, Cornwall Tourism Awards, Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards and Devon Tourism Awards.  During the winter, the regional entries have been pitted against further entries from across the country, with finalists all invited to the VisitEngland awards event in London on 24 April, when they will learn what award they have won.

Devon boasts 4 finalists, Glazebrook House Hotel, Longlands, The Coach House by Michael Caines and the National Marine Aquarium.

Cornwall has 5 finalists with Trethem Mill Touring Park, Bosinver Farm Cottages, Eden Project, The Old House and The Scarlet Restaurant.

Dorset has its most finalists ever with 3 national finalists: Dorset House (B&B), Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, and The Anchor Inn.

Wiltshire, Bath and Gloucestershire each have one finalist, the Manor House Hotel & Golf Club, Gloucester Tourist Information Centre and the Roman Baths & Pump Room.

Robin Barker from Services for Tourism, who organise the awards, comments: “It’s great to see the continued success of tourism businesses from the South West and to see this region ‘heading the charts’ once again.  The 2017/18 awards will be launched in April and we look forward to building on this.”

Richard Stanbrook, Director, Pennon Water Services  – “It’s very pleasing to see that 15 of the finalist places in this year’s national VisitEngland awards were from the South West and Bournemouth areas.   As a water retailer, tourism is one of our key sectors, as we acknowledge how important water is to this industry and region. Well done to all the finalists, long may it continue.”


See below for list of finalists from the South West:

South West winners amongst 2017 Visit England Finalists

Below are the finalists in each category for this year's awards (listed alphabetically).  

B&B of the Year

Boutique/Guest Accommodation of the Year

Family-Friendly Accommodation of the Year

Glamping Provider of the Year

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Hotel of the Year

Inclusive Tourism Award

Large Attraction of the Year

Small Attraction of the Year

Sustainable Tourism Award

Taste of England Award

Tourism Pub of the Year

Visitor Information Provider of the Year