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The 2015/2016 Beautiful South Awards are now open

The 2015/2016 Beautiful South Awards are now open for entry and we encourage businesses to start their application at the earliest opportunity.  Entry forms can be downloaded here and must be submitted by 5pm on 5th June 2015 for all categories, with the exception of the Unsung Hero Award for Customer Service and Tourism Event which is 31 August 2015.

The launch of the 2015/16 Beautiful South Awards coincides with the announcement of the VisitEngland finalists.  Congratulations goes to the five winners from the Beautiful South Awards who are finalists in these National Excellence Awards. 

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

All five are guaranteed at least a gold, silver, bronze or highly commended accolade at the glittering Awards Celebration event at the Sage, Newcastle on the 11th May.  On hearing about the finalists 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. I hope to be cheering them on to gold in Newcastle on the 11th May and that their national success will be an inspiration for tourism businesses to enter the Beautiful South Awards this year.”

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.”