Nine South East Finalists in Visit England’s the National Awards

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Nine South East Finalists in Visit England’s the National Awards

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has just announced the finalists for the national Awards for Tourism Excellence 2017 with nine named from the South East. The winners will be announced at the Award ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel London.


VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has just announced the finalists for the national Awards for Tourism Excellence 2017 with nine named from the South East. The winners will be announced at the Award ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel London.

The national Awards, now in their 28th year, recognise and celebrate the very best tourism businesses and experiences in the country and the people who work for them.

“The Awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world class destination and driving the economic benefits of tourism across the regions” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland. 

Speaking on behalf of the South East’s finalists, Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East said, ‘’It’s great to see so many winners of our own Beautiful South Awards progress through to the national finals. The quality of our finalists and what they offer to their customers is as good as it gets and a match for any in the country. Our finalists should be very proud of what they have achieved and I look forward to celebrating with them in London.’’

2017 South East Finalists

Afternoon Tea of the Year

The Grand Brighton, East Sussex, www.grandbrighton.co.uk

Boutique/Guest Accommodation of the Year

Daisybank Cottage Boutique B & B, New Forest, Hampshire, www.bedandbreakfast-newforest.co.uk

Dog-Friendly Business of the Year

The Oakley Court Hotel, Nr Windsor, Berkshire, www.oakleycourt.co.uk

GREAT China Welcome of the Year 

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, www.blenheimpalace.com

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire, www.maryrose.org

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, www.waddesdon.org.uk

Self-Catering Property of the Year

The Chestnuts, Shilton, Oxfordshire, www.ecochiccottages.com

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Monkey Haven, Newport, Isle of Wight, www.monkeyhaven.org

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Oxford Visitor Information Centre, Oxfordshire, www.experienceoxfordshire.org

For more information about the VisitEngland Tourism Awards please contact:  Charlotte Sanders T: 020 7578 1428|M: 07500 555 651 E: [email protected]

About the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017

  • The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017 celebrate the best of English tourism. They promote high standards, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination. http://www.visitenglandawards.org

  • The categories for the 2017 awards include: Afternoon Tea of the Year, Bed and Breakfast of the Year, Boutique / Guest Accommodation of the Year, Business Tourism Award, GREAT China Welcome of the Year, Dog Friendly Business of the Year, Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year, Family Friendly Attraction of the Year, Family Friendly Food & Drink Business of the Year, Glamping Provider of the Year, Guided Tour of the Year, Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Inclusive Tourism Award, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Self-Catering Property of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Taste of England Award, Tourism Pub of the Year and Visitor Information Provider of the Year.

  • In addition to the 22 categories are the additional Awards for Tourism Superstar and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.  The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award will be announced at the awards ceremony.  Previous winners of this award have included The Great English Pub, Michael Eavis CBE, HM The Queen, the Harry Potter films, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Paul McCartney, Liverpool, The National Trust, The English Garden, 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers, The Travel Agent, Chefs of England and last year BBC’s Countryfile.

  • Tourism Superstar provides destination management organisations with the opportunity to participate in a national campaign. The campaign champions careers in tourism for people of all ages and promotes quality, customer service and excellence within England’s tourism industry.  It acknowledges that the industry is a people-facing, people-focused industry. For more information and to cast a vote, visit https://www.visitbritain.org/tourism-superstar

  • Barclays has sponsored the Inclusive Tourism Award.  For more information go to https://www.barclayscorporate.com/insight-and-research/managing-your-business/making-your-business-accessible.html

  • Family Traveller has sponsored the Family Friendly Accommodation of the year Award, the Family Friendly Attraction of the Year Award and the Family Friendly Food and Drink Business of the Year Award.  For more information go to www.familytraveller.com

  • PingPong Digital has sponsored the GREAT China Welcome of the Year Award.  For more information go to www.pingpongdigital.com

  • Destination Britain is also sponsoring the GREAT China Welcome of the Year Award.  For more information go to www.destinationbritain.co.uk