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Tourism South East is searching for an ‘Unsung Hero’ in the tourism industry worthy of scooping a coveted Gold Award at this year’s Beautiful South Tourism Awards.

The Unsung Hero is one of those special people you always remember from your holiday or day visit for their outstanding customer service.  They go that extra mile to ensure that every guest or visitor has the best possible experience. Nominations are welcome from both tourism businesses and members of the public who have experienced great service and wish to recognise an individual for their contribution.  Nominations should be submitted by 31st August 2015.

Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East said, ‘Tourism is all about providing special experiences and there are countless people in tourism businesses around the South East who make this possible. We want to recognise and reward some of those who go above and beyond when it comes to looking after customers and are a credit to the industry. Often they are unsung outside their own businesses. The Beautiful South Awards are an opportunity to say thank you and acknowledge the vital role they and many like them, play in the tourism industry.   I must also thank our many sponsors who are making this year’s Beautiful South Awards possible, including headline sponsor Shepherd Neame along with our other sponsors, Hoseasons, Quality in Tourism, RBS, Shopper Anonymous, Studio Republic, Take One Media, Tourism for All, Visit Brighton,  Welcome to Excellence and Great Country Pubs.’

Nominate your unsung hero (its free for all to enter) now you can download an entry form here.

Entries are still open for Tourist Event of the year until 31 August 2015.

Congratulations goes to this years winners, from the South East, at the VisitEngland Awards in Newcastle. 

  • Barnett Hill, Guildford - Bronze - Business Tourism
  • Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa from the New Forest - Bronze - Large Hotel 
  • Livingstone Lodge, Port Lympne - Silver - Visitor Experience
  • Monkey Haven, Isle of Wight - Highly Commended - Small Attraction
  • Swan House, Hastings - Silver - Bed and Breakfast.

Ken Robinson CBE, Chairman of Tourism South East said,

We have some of the very best tourism businesses in the country here in the South East and the Beautiful South and VisitEngland Awards are a great opportunity for them to gain the recognition they deserve". 

Only recipients of a Beautiful South Award are eligible to represent the South East at the national awards.  Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame, who are again headline sponsors of the Beautiful South Awards said, “From our operation of 347 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, we are very 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 by once again sponsoring this year’s Beautiful South Awards, which are a fantastic way of recognising businesses who have achieved outstanding commitment to quality, innovation and service.”