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2018/19 Beautiful South Awards Shortlist Announced

2018/19 Beautiful South Awards Shortlist Announced

After six months of deliberation and 121 entries from exceptional tourism businesses across the South and South East, the judges are proud to announce the finalists in the 2018/19 Beautiful South Awards. A full list of finalists and Highly Commended can be seen here.

All of the entrants came through a selection process that involved being shortlisted from entry forms and then mystery shopped by expert independent judges.  73 finalists, along with 18 businesses that are recognised with highly commended awards, have made it to the prestigious awards ceremony to be held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on the 5th December when they will learn whether they have won gold, silver or bronze. MC for the night will be Mark Jones, a radio and TV presenter of sports events. He is a highly experienced host of events on both sides of the Atlantic including, in the past, Crufts at the NEC and the Manchester United Player of the Year Awards.

Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East, said “The Beautiful South Awards are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences that the South East of England has to offer. The standard just gets better and better which is a reflection of the investment taking place in the industry and the professionalism of the people who work in this important sector. Particular thanks go to the amazing independent volunteer judges who again did such a thorough job and had to make some very difficult decisions. Some very fine businesses narrowly missed the cut so the finalists truly are the best of the best.”

General Manager of the Grand Hotel Brighton, Andrew Mosley, said “ We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Tourism South East team and all the finalists to the awards ceremony on the 5th December. We are delighted to be this year's title sponsor and it is a real privilege to be the host venue once again following the success of last year’s ceremony. The event really shines a spotlight on the whole host of quality and successful hospitality businesses the South East has to offer and we are wishing all the finalists lots of luck on the night.”