Search is on for the best tourism businesses in the South East

TSE News Stories

Search is on for the best tourism businesses in the South East

News Release

Once again Tourism South East and title sponsor the Grand Brighton are looking to recognise and celebrate the very best tourism businesses in the South East with the launch of the Beautiful South Awards 2017. The Awards cover a range of categories from hotels to visitor attractions and tourism experiences to holiday parks.

Last year there were many new categories including Glamping, Restaurant/Bistro, Café/Tearoom and Dog-Friendly business, which will be running this year alongside a new award for Guided Tour of the Year (on land or water).

Winners and finalists of the Awards not only benefit from the profile and pride of being recognised as being amongst the very best in their category, but also from the feedback from judges and the opportunity to represent the South East at the national Visit England Tourism Excellence Awards.

The Beautiful South Awards 2017 will culminate in a prestigious celebration dinner at the Grand Brighton on 29th November 2017.

In launching the Awards, Andrew Mosley, General Manager from title sponsor the Grand Brighton said, “We are delighted to be this year's title sponsor of The Beautiful

South Awards. It is a real privilege to be selected again as the host venue following the success of the ceremony when it was last held at the Grand Brighton in 2015.

The Awards really shine a spotlight on the whole host of quality and successful hospitality businesses the South East has to offer. We very much look forward to welcoming the Tourism South East team and all the finalists to the Awards ceremony in November”.

Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said, "In tourism, like any other business, quality counts and businesses at the top of their game make their own success. They also inspire others to strive to be better and that’s why we run the Beautiful South Awards each year. Earlier this week three of our winners went on to pick up trophies at the National Awards showing that the South East has tourism businesses that can compete with the best in the country. This year we are hoping for a record number of entries at the regional awards which are the route through to competing nationally.’’

The Awards are now open for entry and TSE is encouraging businesses to start their application at the earliest opportunity. Entry forms can be downloaded from and need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 23 June 2017.


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


Nigel Smith, CEO TSE, [email protected], 02380 625480 Nell Barrington, Services for Tourism, [email protected], 07968 807022.

Sponsorship partners:

Title Sponsor – The Grand Brighton,

Access and Inclusivity Award - Tourism for All, Customer Service Superstar – Welcome to Excellence, Café and Tearoom of the Year - Source for Business, Glamping Business -, Large Hotel of the Year - Shopper Anonymous, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Take One Media, Self Catering Holiday Business of the Year - Quality in Tourism, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Studio Republic Touring, Camping and/or Holiday Village of the Year - Hoseasons Tourism Pub of the Year - Great Country Pubs, Venue and Business Tourism Award - Visit Brighton, Visitor Information Service of the Year - Tourist Network

Sponsorship opportunities still exist – for information please contact Robin Barker, Services for Tourism, [email protected] or 07870 397438

Note to Editors:

Tourism South East is a leading membership-based tourism organisation and provider of tourism services operating across South and South East England.