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The Finalists have been announced for this year’s Devon Tourism Awards which will be presented at the 'Palazzo' at Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club on 22nd November 2018.

164 entries were received from across Devon, with 78 selected as finalists who will be in suspense until the Awards Ceremony, when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. A further 5 receive Highly Commended status.

The annual competition, now in its 9th year, saw the addition of a ‘Tourism Innovation & New Business’ category, alongside numerous criteria changes to reflect the ever-changing world of tourism.  Amongst changes was the widening of the former Sustainable Tourism category into a new award that recognised Responsible and Ethical tourism.

Successful businesses in the Devon Awards will be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2019 and possibly invited to represent Devon in the 2019 National VisitEngland Awards, in which Devon has seen increasing success.

Awards organizer Robin Barker of Services for Tourism adds: “We’re delighted to see the ongoing development of the Devon Tourism Awards since we launched them 9 years ago, and to see entrants coming from all parts of this fabulous county. Entrants tell us their prime reason for entering is now the feedback they receive, helping them hone their businesses and service still further, but one thing that doesn’t change is the delight caused by being told you’re a winner.  Many congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and highly commended businesses – you’re tourism exemplars!”

Mark Warnes, property and portfolio director at headline sponsors Hoseasons, says: Every single one of the finalists deserves huge credit for making it this far. Whether they end up winning or not, they should all be incredibly proud of the passion and dedication they put into their businesses.

“It’s that attention to detail that makes such a difference for customers when they visit and it’s ultimately why they end up coming back for more.”

The 25 award categories cover everything from learning experience, spas and glamping to hotels, camping and self catering. A Winner of Winners title and special Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award will also be presented on the night.

For a full list of finalists click HERE

The video from last year's event can be seen HERE

Twitter: @DevonTourAwards  #DevonTA