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Finalists announced for Devon Tourism Awards 2014

Entries increase by 27% as Awards reach 5th year

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 19th November 2014

This year sees an increase to 18 categories in the competition which is now in its 5th year following its launch in 2010 in association with Visit Devon.  The year also saw an increase by 27% to 130 entries from the cream of the Devon tourism industry, with 48 businesses selected as finalists who will be in suspense until 19th November when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

The winners will be announced at Awards Ceremony on 19 November at the brand-new ‘Palazzo’ at Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club near South Molton, where the event will be hosted by Judi Spiers.  

Successful businesses in the Devon Awards will then be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2015 and then possibly invited to represent Devon in to the National VisitEngland Awards later in 2015.

The Chairman of the Awards Panel, David Fursdon, says: “When you look at the very high standard of the entries to this year's Devon Tourism awards you not only develop huge respect for the calibre, imagination and ability of those running and working in Devon's Tourism Industry but you are also thankful that they are working so hard and successfully to bring visitors to this wonderful County.”

Visit Devon Deputy Chairman, Victoria Hatfield, comments: “After the year we’ve had it is more crucial than ever that we celebrate and promote the best that Devon has to offer visitors. The Devon Tourism Awards play a key role in rewarding the vision, talent and hard work of the local tourism industry.  2014 has been a year beset by many challenges and I’m delighted these awards give us the opportunity to commend the way the industry has risen to them.”

Stuart Devlin, Digital Director of Headline Sponsors e-Strategy, says: “We were delighted to join the Devon national winners that went ‘all the way’ to national success last year and to seeing yet further successes this year.  We particularly welcome the increased emphasis placed by judges on websites, mobile and social marketing, factors that are now central to the success of every tourism operator.”

Awards organizer Robin Barker of Services for Tourism commented: “It is extraordinary how this industry keeps innovating and reinventing itself.  This year’s judges have visited 80 Devon businesses – more than ever before – and their reports are a joy to read.  It has been great working alongside Visit Devon and I look forward to sharing in the celebrations on the big night.”

 Click HERE for full list of Finalists and Commended entries