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75 Finalists announced for Devon Tourism Awards 2016

Devon’s leading tourism businesses have been chosen for the finals of the Devon Tourism Awards which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 10th November 2016.

This year saw an increase to 24 categories in the competition which is now in its 7th year following its launch in 2010. New categories were added for Glamping and Self Catering Property, with numerous changes to other awards to reflect the ever-changing diversity of visitor experiences in the county. 75 finalists were selected who will be in suspense until 10th November when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 10th November in the Great Hall of Exeter University, where the event will be hosted by Judi Spiers along with a special guest.

Successful businesses in the Devon Tourism Awards will also be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017, with nominees in matching categories invited to represent Devon in to the National VisitEngland Awards later in 2017.

The Chairman of the Awards Panel, David Fursdon, says: “I know how important the Tourist industry is to Devon. The wonderful reputation that this very special County enjoys in this area depends on maintaining the highest standards and this year's winners across a wide range of categories illustrate just that and personify one word; "Excellence".”

Rhys Roberts, Chair of the newly formed Visit Devon community interest company congratulated the finalists: “I am full of admiration for this year’s finalists, leading lights in Devon’s tourism industry who continue to enhance the visitor experience on offer across this wonderful county.”

Mark Warnes, Property & Portfolio Director at Headline Sponsors Hoseasons, says: “Every one of these finalists plays a vital part in making sure Devon continues to be one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. We put a huge amount of effort into promoting the county to our customers, but it’s the hard work and dedication demonstrated by these businesses on a daily basis that keeps people coming back to this beautiful part of the world year after year and year.”

Awards organizer Robin Barker of Services for Tourism commented: “I never cease to be surprised by this fantastic industry! The glowing descriptions of the experiences enjoyed by our team of mystery visitors make me want to go and sample every one of them!”

The full list of Finalists and Highly Commended can be seen HERE