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Cornwall Tourism Awards winners announced

By AliceWright  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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Tourism businesses across Cornwall are celebrating today after scooping prizes at the Cornwall Tourism Awards last night.   

The event saw Red Hotels, which comprises of The Scarlet and Bedruthan Steps Hotel, being crowned overall Winner of Winners. 

The luxury hotel group was also recognised in the Large Hotel, Small Hotel and Café of the Year categories. And it was singled out for quality and leadership in sustainable tourism and rewarded for providing unwavering excellence.

Bodmin Visitor Information Centre retained their Tourist Information Service of the Year award for the fourth year running while Bosinver Farm Cottages also held onto their Large Self Catering Establishment title from last year.

Alongside previous winners stood many new and first time Gold trophy holders including Talland Bay Hotel for Small Hotel, The Old Rectory for Sustainable Tourism and Porthcurno Telegraph Musuem for Small Attraction.

Other notable winners included the two star Michelin Outlaw's Seafood and Grill Restaurant in Rock which added Restaurant of the Year to its prestigious list of titles. 

Gwel an Mor claimed the Wildlife Friendly Business Award, which was presented to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The Portreath based resort also claimed the trophy for Outstanding Customer Service.

For the first time the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award was bestowed on a company rather than an individual or group. It was awarded to Kneehigh for the enthusiasm that they share for Cornwall in their touring theatre performances. 

This year the Awards also saw the introduction of a special 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Volunteer Award which was presented to Hilary Frank to acknowledge her enthusiasm and dedication in coordinating the Saltash festivities.

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service, said: "As a destination Cornwall has had tremendous sward success, picking up a string of top titles, and we owe much of this to tourism businesses who make Cornwall's quality status what it is. 

"The Cornwall Tourism Awards are a chance for these businesses to shine and to celebrate the continuous hard-work, investment and passion that they put into the local tourism industry. Congratulations to all of the worthy winners."

Hosted at The Headland in Newquay, the event was sponsored by St Austell Brewery and presented by VisitCornwall.

All of the Cornwall Tourism Awards winners will now go on to represent Cornwall in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and ultimately the National Excellence Awards, which take place next year.

Click here for a full list of winners. 

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  • HannahJones  |  November 09 2012, 10:28PM

    mygodlesslife, I don't think you realise how these awards are made. You have to apply for them - it's an extremely time consuming process. They don't just hand them out willy nilly! And for the record, businesses in Penzance and Marazion have been recognised in recent years for example Global Boarders.

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  • mygodlesslife  |  November 09 2012, 8:59PM

    Nothing for Penzance? Quelle surprise!

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  • Bosinver  |  November 09 2012, 12:31PM

    We are delighted that Bosinver Farm Cottages won Gold again at the 2012 Cornwall Tourism Awards last night for Large Self Catering Establishment of the Year! null To achieve this award for the second year running against such strong competition is a real honour. Everyone at Bosinver would like to thank our guests, friends and partners for their continued support and appreciation and the sponsors and organisers of the event for giving everyone such a fabulous evening.

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