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Search is on for “Best in Class” Tourism businesses of 2016/17

Tourism South East is seeking the very best tourism businesses in the South East for the Beautiful South Awards 2016/17. Backed once again by headline sponsor, Shepherd Neame, the Awards cover a range of categories from hotels to visitor attractions and from restaurants to holiday parks. 

Entry into the awards is now closed with the exception of:

  • Customer Service Superstar – for an individual who goes the extra mile in delivering outstanding service
  • Tourism Event and Festival – for events and festivals that help bring visitors to the area and enhance their stay

which have a closing date of 5pm on 31 August.

Previous winners of the Awards not only celebrate being the best but also benefit from the feedback from the judges, improved staff pride and motivation and a raised profile that comes with being a finalist.

The Beautiful South Awards are also the route through to Visit England’s National Tourism Excellence Awards which in 2016 saw a record year for South East businesses winning three golds, a silver, bronze and four Highly Commended awards.

The Beautiful South Awards 2016/17 will culminate in a prestigious celebration dinner at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton on the 24th November, 2016.

In launching the Awards, Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of headline sponsor Shepherd Neame, said,

“Shepherd Neame is delighted to continue supporting the Beautiful South Awards, and helping to celebrate the South East’s vibrant tourism industry. South East businesses enjoyed great success in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence this year and we hope that our continued support for the Beautiful South Awards in 2016 will see that trend continue.’

Ken Robinson CBE, Chairman of Tourism South East, said,

‘’In tourism, like any other business, quality counts and the best businesses make their own success. Our performance in the National Awards this year showed that the South East has tourism businesses that can compete on a national and international level. We know our most successful businesses inspire others and that’s why we run the Beautiful South Awards each year. With more categories in 2016/17, we are hoping for a record number of entries.’’


We are grateful to our sponsorship partners who are:


Headline Sponsor

Shepherd Neame www.shepherdneame.co.uk


Large Hotel of the Year

Shopper Anonymous www.shopperanonymous.co.uk


Customer Service Superstar

Welcome to Excellence www.welcometoexcellence.com


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Take One Media www.takeonemedia.co.uk


Restaurant/Bistro of the Year

Spitfire Gold www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/spitfire/spitfire-gold


Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Quality in Tourism www.qualityintourism.com


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Studio Republic www.studiorepublic.com


Sustainable Tourism Award

Triodos Bank www.triodos.co.uk


Touring, Camping and/or Holiday Park/Village of the Year

Hoseasons www.hoseasons.co.uk


Tourism Pub

Great Country Pubs www.greatcountrypubs.com


Tourism Event and Festival

Precision Creative and Media www.precisioncreativeandmedia.co.uk


Venue and Business Tourism Award

Visit Brighton www.visitbrighton.com


Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Tourism Network www.touristnetwork.co.uk