CORNWALL TOURISM AWARDS: MEET THE FINALISTS

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The finalists in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15, sponsored by Hoseasons, have been announced, edging a diverse group of businesses closer to being named best in Cornwall.

 

A grand Award Ceremony will take place at The Headland Hotel on 6 November when businesses will claim Gold, Silver or Bronze across 21 award categories.

The Awards are presented by Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service.

'To reach the finals in the Cornwall Tourism Awards is a worthy achievement and signifies success in a rigorous judging process which saw the businesses scored, mystery shopped and debated by a panel of industry professionals,' explainsMalcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall. 'This year was stronger than ever with a record number of entries, up 10% up on last year. It’s great to see many new entrants in the list of finalists as well as former winners who have continued to invest in their staff, services and marketing.'

The 21 award categories cover everything from hotels and restaurants to activities and tourist information centres, and for the first year include a new access and inclusivity category as well as one for dog-friendly tourism businesses. A Winner of Winners title and special Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award will be presented on the night.

'Cornwall is full of amazing businesses who are continually developing and improving their offering,' says Councillor Julian German, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture. 'By recognising and rewarding this, the Awards celebrate and showcase excellence which in turn inspires quality across the industry. I look forward to congratulating all of the winners.'

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Below are the Finalists and Commended entrants for the 2014/15 Cornwall Tourism Awards.  Full results will be announced on 6 November.

The Finalists:

HOLIDAY PARK & VILLAGE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Stephens Scown solicitors

Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow

Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

Trevella Park, Crantock

Trevornick Holiday Park, Cubert

CAMPING & CARAVANNING PARK OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions

Padstow Touring Park, Padstow

Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives

Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just in Roseland

HOLIDAY RESORT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by e-Strategy

Gwel an Mor Resort

The Headland, Newquay

Mawgan Porth Holiday Park, Mawgan Porth

WILDLIFE & MARINE ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing, Newquay

Newquay Zoo, Newquay

Paradise Park, Hayle

TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Bodmin Visitor Information Centre

Launceston Tourism Information Centre

THEME PARK & ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Seymac Distribution

Eden Project, Bodelva

BED & BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Nicholson’s

The Gurnard’s Head, Treen

Highcliffe Contemporary Bed & Breakfast, Falmouth

Lower Barns B&B, St Ewe

CAFÉ & TEAROOM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Niddocks

Boscastle Farmshop & Café, Boscastle

Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow

The Waymarker, Constantine

ACCESS & INCLUSIVITY AWARD

Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy

Kernock Cottages, Saltash

SELF CATERING HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Pavey Group

Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell

Cosawes Barton, Ponsanooth

Treworgey Cottages, Duloe

GARDEN & COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Sue Bradbury PR

Eden Project, Bodelva

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Sponsored by Source for Business

Will be announced on the night

ART, MUSEUM & INDUSTRIAL ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Nixon

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen

St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, St Austell

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Porthcurno

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Francis Clark

Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher

The Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes

Talland Bay Hotel, Nr Looe

WILDLIFE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD, in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Sponsored by Kelly’s of Cornwall

Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor, Portreath

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Scott Burridge Commercial

The Kings Head, Ruan Lanihorne

The Pandora Inn, Mylor

Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

The Ship Inn, Wadebridge

TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Brewer and Bunney

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Miracle Theatre, Cornwall

Mobius adventures in Cornwall, Perranporth

Padstow Seafood School, Padstow

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Hotel Perfect

The Headland Hotel, Newquay

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth

DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION AWARD

Sponsored by James Wellbeloved

Helsbury Park, Launceston

Kernock Cottages, Saltash

The Valley, Carnon Downs

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

Sponsored by Canara Organic Farm

Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell

Dolbeare Park, Landrake

The Emerald, Carnon Downs

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by St Austell Brewery

Langmans Restaurant, Callington

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock

WINNER OF WINNERS

Sponsored by Springboard

• Will be announced on the night