Devon’s top tourism businesses were celebrating last night (Nov 10th) at the 7th annual Devon Tourism Awards in the Great Hall of the University of Exeter, sponsored by Hoseasons.
The National Marine Aquarium took the prestigious Winner of Winners award at the ceremony hosted by Judi Spiers with special guest Jo Pavey. 75 awards were presented to winners in categories as diverse as Glamping, Spa & Wellbeing, Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and Attractions.
Exeter Airport was the sponsor of the International Visitor Experience of the Year.
Exeter Airport managing director Matt Roach presented the awards for the category:
Unique Devon Tours,
Newton Abbot, www.uniquedevontours.com
Mazzard Farm Holiday Cottages,
Ottery St Mary, www.mazzardfarm.com
Mountlands Language School,
Chairman of the Awards Panel, David Fursdon, says: “I know how important the tourist industry is to Devon. The wonderful reputation that this very special County enjoys in this area depends on maintaining the highest standards and this year’s winners across a wide range of categories illustrate just that and personify one word; “Excellence”.”
Speaking after the awards were presented, Luke Hansford, Hoseasons Business Development Manager for Devon, said: “Tonight clearly belongs to our award winners, but the standard of entries was so high this year that each and every finalist on the shortlist deserves a huge pat on the back. Not just for the passion and dedication they put into their own businesses, but also for the huge collective contribution they make to ensuring that Devon remains such a popular destination.”
Rhys Roberts, Chair of the newly formed Visit Devon community interest company congratulated the finalists: “I am full of admiration for this year’s finalists, leading lights in Devon’s tourism industry who continue to enhance the visitor experience on offer across this wonderful county.”
Awards organizer Robin Barker was delighted by this year’s awards: “This year’s winners exemplify so much of what is great about Devon. Innovation, outstanding service and superb experiences. Many congratulations to everyone involved.”