Three South East tourism businesses were recognised at VisitEngland Awards for Excellence held in Leicester on 22 May 2012.
Livingstone Lodge, Port Lympne in Kent beat off competition from around the country to win Gold for Tourism Experience of the Year, one of the most coveted categories. The Lodge provides guests with the unique experience of luxurious safari accommodation overlooking breath-taking scenes from the African plain - in a beautiful part of Kent. The latest investment is the new Elephant Lodge with the official opening taking place on Friday 25 May. This new ‘family glamping accommodation’ along with Livingstone Cottage which provides a luxury rural retreat overlooking ‘The African Experience’ are fantastic additions to one of the country’s exceptional visitor experiences.
Both The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent and Abbey Guest House in Oxon were recognised in the Large Visitor Attraction and Access for All categories respectively and received Highly Commended Awards. The Historic Dockyard’s award recognises major investment in new facilities, exhibition space and gallery which have boosted visitor numbers by 24%. The Award for Accessibility was a fitting recognition of Abbey Guest House’s owner, Terry Boswell’s ongoing commitment to high levels of both service and facilities for guests with various access requirements and their families.
‘It is fantastic to see South East businesses being recognised in some of the most competitive and high-profile categories at the prestigious National Awards. These businesses show that
the South East has got some of the very best tourism businesses in the country commented Peter Colling, Managing Director, Tourism South East. ‘We have just launched the Beautiful South Awards 2012-2013 and I would encourage businesses to enter. Winners go through to the National Awards in 2013 where we will be hoping for even greater recognition of the excellence of South East tourism businesses.’
- Tourism Experience of the Year - Livingstone Lodge, Port Lympne, Kent
- Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent
- Access for All Tourism Award – Abbey Guest House, Oxon
Full details of the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2012-2013, along with details of how to enter, top tips and downloadable entry forms can be found on the dedicated website.