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It’s Gold for South East Business at the National Tourism Awards

It’s Gold for South East Business at the National Tourism Awards

Three South East tourism businesses are celebrating success at yesterday’s national Tourism Awards for Excellence at the Waldorf Hilton in London. Organised by VisitEngland, the Tourism Excellence Awards recognise outstanding achievements in this celebration of the crème de la crème of UK’s tourism businesses with awards presented by TV personality Sue Perkins 

The magnificent Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire beat off tough competition to win the coveted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category. The Monkey Haven on the Isle of Wight followed up by taking the trophy for best Small Visitor Attraction in the country and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire crowned off a great night for the South East as the top choice for the judges in the GREAT China Welcome category.

“It is fantastic to see South East businesses being recognised in some of the most competitive and high profile categories at the national awards and to be part of their celebration.  We had 9 worthy finalists and to win three of the main categories shows that the South East has some of the very best tourism businesses and visitor experiences in the country” commented Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East.

“We have also just launched the Beautiful South Awards 2017-2018 and I would encourage businesses to enter.  The Beautiful South Awards are a springboard to the national awards where we will be hoping for even greater success for the South East in 2018.”

List of winners:

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire – Kim Hallett, [email protected], 01296 653240

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

The Monkey Haven, Isle of Wight – Kelly Wickes, [email protected], 01983 530885   

GREAT China Welcome

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire – Ulrica Ericson, [email protected], 01993 810524 

Full details of the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2017-2018, along with details of how to enter, top tips and downloadable entry forms can be found at

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Note to Editors:

Organisation: The Beautiful South Awards is a Tourism South East event. TSE specifies and oversees the category criteria but judging is undertaken by independent industry experts.  Administration of the Awards is conducted for TSE by Services for Tourism.  Services for Tourism has an excellent track-record of delivering this and other regional award programmes.  More information about Tourism South East can be found at:


Nell Barrington, Services for Tourism, [email protected], 07968 807022.

Nigel Smith, CEO TSE, [email protected], 02380 625480


2017 Finalists

Afternoon Tea of the Year

  • The Grand Brighton, South East.


Boutique/Guest Accommodation of the Year

  • Daisybank Cottage Boutique Bed and Breakfast, South East


Dog-Friendly Business of the Year

  • The Oakley Court, South East.


GREAT China Welcome of the Year 

  • Blenheim Palace, South East


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • The Mary Rose Museum, South East
  • Waddesdon Manor, South East.


Self-Catering Property of the Year

  • The Chestnuts, South East.


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Monkey Haven, South East


Visitor Information Provider of the Year

  • Oxford VIC/Experience Oxfordshire, South East