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Businesses shortlisted for prestigious Beautiful South Awards

The South East’s leading tourism businesses have been chosen for the finals of the Beautiful South Tourism Awards.

This year saw over 120 entries from the cream of the tourism industry in the South East, with 61 businesses selected as finalists.  All will be in suspense until the ceremony when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze.  The winners will be announced at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on Thursday 4th of December.

Winners in matching categories will be invited to represent the South East in the National VisitEngland Awards in 2015.

Peter Colling, Managing Director of Tourism South East, said “Every year the Beautiful South Awards are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences South East of England has to offer. And this year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever making it extremely tough for the judges. Some very fine businesses narrowly missed the cut and the finalists truly are the best of the best.”

Shepherd Neame Chief Executive, Jonathan Neame said: “We have a diverse estate of 347 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, along with an award-winning Visitor Centre, so we are aware of the important role tourism plays not only in our business but for the South East economy as a whole. We are delighted to support the industry and recognise outstanding commitment to quality, innovation and service, by sponsoring this year’s Beautiful South Awards.”

For more information about the awards and awards night please contact awards@beautifulsouthawards.co.uk

 

Beautiful South Tourism Awards 2014 Finalists and Highly Commended in association with Headline Sponsors Shepherd Neame, www.shepherdneame.co.uk

 (In alphabetic order)

 

Access for All Tourism Award

Sponsored by Tourism for All

www.tourismforall.org.uk

 

FINALISTS                          

Holiday Inn Winchester

Oxford Bus Company 

Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford

The Lightbox

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jurys Inn Brighton

 

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Accommodation of the Year

Sponsored by Lloyds Bank Cardnet

www.lloydsbankcardnet.com

 

FINALISTS                          

Broadway Barn Properties     

Colliers Farm Bed and Breakfast       

Molland Manor House B&B   

Swan House   

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Woolpack Inn

The Old Vine

The Swiss Cottage Shanklin

 

Business Tourism Award

Sponsored by Shopper Anonymous

www.shopperanonymous.co.uk

 

FINALISTS                          

Barnett Hill

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa

Holiday Inn Winchester

Marwell Hotel

 

Flavour of the South East Award

Sponsored by Whitstable Bay

www.shepherdneame.co.uk

 

FINALISTS                          

Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel

The Montagu Arms Hotel,

The Pointer

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford

The Mark Cross Inn

 

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Sponsored by Hoseasons

www.hoseasons.co.uk

 

FINALISTS                          

Crowhurst Park

Shorefield Holidays Ltd

Two Hoots Campsite

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mill Rythe Holiday Village

 

Large Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by Quality in Tourism

www.qualityintourism.com

 

FINALISTS                          

Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa

Chewton Glen Hotel

Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Crowne Plaza Marlow

Jurys Inn Brighton

 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Take One Media

www.takeonemedia.co.uk

 

FINALISTS                          

Marwell Wildlife

Mary Rose Museum

Osborne

Turner Contemporary

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Blenheim Palace

Spinnaker Tower

 

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Welcome to Excellence

www.welcometoexcellence.com

 

FINALISTS                          

Amanda Bryett - Windsor Tourist Guides

Julie Hannah - Crowhurst Park

Clair Ratcliffe-Speakman - Coworth Park

Marina Shellard - Colliers Farm Bed and Breakfast

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mrs Julie Burchell - Mapledurham Trust

Carol Palmer - Crowne Plaza Marlow

Mrs Anna White - Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa

 

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism

 

Will be announced on the night                 

 

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

 

FINALISTS                          

Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays

Forest Holidays, Blackwood Cabins

Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight

Two Hoots Campsite

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

South Winchester Lodges

 

Small Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by e-Strategy

www.e-strategy.net

 

FINALISTS                          

Best Western Plus Wroxton House Hotel

G! Boutique Hotel

Langshott Manor Hotel

The Montagu Arms Hotel

 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

 

FINALISTS                          

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Owl & Monkey Haven

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dickens Birthplace Museum

 

Sustainable Tourism Award

Sponsored by Green Tourism

www.green-tourism.com

 

FINALISTS                          

Denbies Wine Estate

Holiday Inn Winchester

Jurys Inn Brighton

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Two Hoots Campsite

 

Tourism Event of the Year

 

FINALISTS                          

Hampshire Food Festival

Rise of the Dinosaurs Marwell Wildlife

Wallingford Food Festival

West Dean Chilli Fiesta

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Wind Tunnel Project

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

 

Tourism Experience of the Year

 

FINALISTS                          

Go Ape Moors Valley

Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari Experience – Port Lympne Reserve

Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours

Ride The Hill

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Explore Medway open top bus

 

Tourism Pub of the Year

Sponsored by OBC The Accountants

www.obcaccountants.com

 

FINALISTS                          

The Farm @ Friday Street

The Old Drum

The Old Vine

The Pointer

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Baskerville

The Woolpack Inn

 

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Tourist Network

www.touristnetwork.co.uk

 

FINALISTS     

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre – Towncentric

Guildford Tourist Information Centre

Portsmouth Visitor Information Service

Rye Tourist Information Centre

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Shanklin Tourist Information Centre