A record number of East Devon attractions and accommodation providers have made it to the final in the South West Tourism Awards. The Award recognises outstanding businesses, who provide a high level of service to tourists visiting the South West. The 2018 Devon awards had over 160 entries, higher than any previous year.
Businesses in East Devon who have made it to the final include:
The Follett’s at Beer holiday cottages, Andrew Hayes Holiday Park, Seaton Wetlands (owned and managed by East Devon District Council’s Countryside service) and the Donkey Sanctuary.
All of the finalists will be judged by an independent panel ahead of the awards ceremony which takes place on Thursday 22 November at previous winner, Higher Bullen, North Devon.
Helen Follett from the Follett’s at Beer holiday cottages said: ‘’Barry and I are very proud and delighted to be finalists in two categories – Self Catering property of the Year and Customer Service Superstar. We are so lucky to live and work in beautiful East Devon and the unspoilt fishing village of Beer. We are looking forward to the awards dinner in November and celebrating with the best of Devon Tourism businesses”.
Clare Mackenney from Andrewhayes Holiday Park said: ‘’Making it to the finals of these awards is great news for Andrewshayes Holiday Park. We are proud to be helping put our beautiful part of Devon on the map and to encourage new visitors to the area.’’
James Chubb, Countryside team leader, said: ‘’This is the first time Seaton Wetlands has entered the South West Tourism Awards, and to have made it into the final in the small attraction of the year category is fantastic! To receive bronze, silver or gold will be a wonderful achievement for all the staff and volunteers who help to make the site such a special place for visitors and wildlife.’’
All of the finalists can be found on the South West Tourism Award website: http://www.devontourismawards.org.uk/page/44/2018-winners–highly-commended.htm
Results from the awards will be published on this website, as well as on the South West Tourism Awards social media. Individual finalists including @FollettsAtBeer @andrewshayesA35 and @wildeastdevon will be posting live from the awards.