Top tourism businesses celebrate at the 2017/18 Beautiful South Awards
The cream of the South East’s tourism industry celebrated success last night at the Beautiful South Awards – the highlight of the 2017 tourism calendar. Presented by TV and radio celebrity Toby Anstis and hosted by, headline sponsor, the Grand Brighton, the Awards saw 71 prestigious gold, silver and bronze trophies handed out along with 20 highly commended certificates.
General Manager of the Grand Brighton, Andrew Mosley, said: ‘We were delighted to be this year's headline sponsor and it has been a real privilege to be the host venue once again. It was a wonderful evening and, as a hospitality operator, fantastic to join together the region’s best businesses for a night of celebrating successes. Congratulations to all the worthy winners on the night from all of the team at The Grand Brighton. Awards events like the Beautiful South Awards really help to shine a spotlight on the quality of the hospitality industry within the South East. It was fantastic to be a part of it.’
Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said: ‘Last night reminded me again of the sheer quality of tourism businesses in the South East. Never mind the UK, some easily stand up to comparison with the very best tourism businesses in the world. All of the finalists can be very proud of what they have achieved through a commitment to reinvestment, training and a relentless drive to be the best. I hope their example will inspire others. I want to thank headline sponsor the Grand Brighton and the rest of our sponsors who made the Awards possible and our volunteer independent judges who gave their time and expertise so readily. Making decisions when the entries are so diverse and of such high quality is an unenviable task. I am looking forward to our winners taking on England’s best at the Visit England Awards.’
The Awards are run by Tourism South East to recognise and celebrate excellence in the industry. Apart from the prestige and profile for winners, they also inspire other businesses to reinvest and raise standards in quality, innovation and customer service. Where there are matching categories in the Visit England national Tourism Excellence Awards, the winners have the opportunity early in 2018 to represent the South East nationally.
A video of Ken Robinson CBE collecting the award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism can be found here.
To download photographs from the Beautiful south Awards Ceremony 2017 click here
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