Would you like:
To stand out from the crowd?
A raised profile with the media?
To reward your team and boost morale?
To attract the best staff?
A free mystery shopper report and business feedback?
To raise the quality of your business
To go forward to the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and
VisitEngland Awards (for applicable categories)?
A cause for celebration?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should consider entering these Tourism Awards.

Hear from some of our 2020/2021 South West Tourism Excellence Award winners:


Why Enter?

Here is what some recent winners say:

"Even after several years of applying for the awards, we find the detailed judges’ feedback useful.  Having independent assessment from industry professionals is invaluable – and free!  The award ceremonies are an opportunity to meet and network with others from across the industry and celebrate our achievements.  Having won an award, it demonstrates to prospective guests the quality we offer, differenciates us from others and helps attract PR.”

Andy, The 25 Boutique B&B May 22

“We’ve learned so much from the awards process and put so much of the feedback into practice. The comments certainly helped us move from winning the New Tourism Business Gold Award for 2020/21 to being recognised not just as the 2021/22 Self Catering Accommodation of the Year winner in Devon, but also for the South West”

Marcus, The Cottages at Blackadon Farm Apr 22

"Thank you very much for the feedback from the judges.  It’s really useful feedback and we will be able to use this to reflect and plan for future works and award applications."

Jon, Stover Country Park, Apr 21

"It has been really encouraging to read such positive feedback with clear areas for improvement highlighted. A really useful experience."

Alex & Simon, Brackenhill Glamping, Mar 21

"A huge thank you for the feedback, it really is invaluable and is reassuring we’re on the right track and gives us a good steer for what we can do even better. Thanks again and we’ll be sure to enter next year!"

Emma, Valleyside Escapes, Mar 21

"I am absolutely elated to receive the Unsung Hero award.  It was an honour to be part of these awards and to celebrate our amazing industry. I am the lucky one for being part of our vibrant and welcoming Devon Team!

Sereny, The Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, March 21

"Winning this award has made us feel that all our hard work and plans for the future have been acknowledged. It really is rewarding and has given the whole team a real boost."

Clare, Andrewshayes Holiday Park, March 21

"This is such amazing news and so unexpected!  Tears of joy are most certainly happening right now.  Thank you, to you all and to everyone else involved in the awards, for such wonderful news and recognition.  We are truly thrilled.We have had some wonderful emails and calls from local people and guests since our Silver Awards and to be selected as one of the businesses to go onto the South West Tourism Excellence Awards is an honour, beyond words.

Lizzie & Nathan, Nethway Farm Holiday Cottages, March 21

"What wonderful news! Thank you ever so much, we're delighted to have achieved this recognition! We will be thrilled to use the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in our promotional materials alongside our Devon Tourism Awards logo. Thanks again for all that you've done to run these awards this year, it's been a real boost after a very tough 12 months."

Sophie, Saunton Beach Villas, March 21

"Many thanks for the feedback, we weren't expecting such detail so this is a great help, especially being so new to the tourism industry. We have already started implementing this and hope to have addressed all of the suggestions over the coming year. The awards night was a brilliant experience and we are so grateful that our efforts have been recognised. We will most certainly be entering again with a view to going for gold!"

Kieran Fisher, Ravendere Retreats, Dec 19

"The awards have been really good for us over the past ten years - bench marking, training, insipiration, affirmation and the occasional 'kick up the backside' to think differently about things, or to take on more challenges."

Maggie, Wheatland Farm, Dec 19

"Winning the prestigious Gold accolade for Holiday Park of the Year at the Devon Tourism Awards has been a highlight of our season. After previously being awarded both the Bronze & Silver status, after our recent improvements & positive customer feedback we felt ready to go for Gold.  The awards ceremony itself is a fabulous celebration of Tourism within the South West which offers both a superb networking opportunity plus a chance to sit back and be proud of our achievements within the tourism industry. The scheme also offers invaluable evaluation from an experienced panel of judges which is crucial in highlighting potential opportunities for development. Having now been highlighted as a 'True leader of Holiday Parks in the South West, our next challenge is within the SW Tourism awards - we can't wait to be inspired by more like-minded businesses throughout the region as together we celebrate more success stories within our industry."

Carla Newman, Marketing & Events Manager,Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Dec 19

"It’s brilliant!! Having never entered anything like this before it gave me such a boost to be recognised for our efforts.   Everything about the awards was perfect."

Anon, Survey Monkey, Feb 19

"The awards entry process was a huge learning curve. We also found that the process allows you to really stop, check and think about how you are managing your business.  Do leave a lot of time in order to complete the entry process. It requires thought and motivation however we found the whole experience extremely helpful. Winning a bronze in Self Catering Property of the Year and the special Gold Customer Service Superstar was worth it!"

Helen, The Folletts at Beer, Dec 18 

"Hi Nell, Robin and your team of lovely judges/inspectors/tweeters.  Wow thank you, gosh I feel appreciated! What kind words and helpful ideas. You’ve made my day (again!) :)"

Tracey, The Old Kennels, Nov 18 

"A big thank you for the feedback, it was our first time entering the Devon Tourism awards and we have both gained and learnt so much from it,  we would be very interested in attending any events you may run which could help us to further improve in the future.The awards process has certainly left us in a very strong position and has pointed us towards things we can still further improve on, our work here at Devon Yurt is close to our hearts and a true labour of love, we aim for perfection and each year we have fine tuned our business to achieve that, being in the awards process this year has give us the opportunity to push ourselves even further and we thank you very much for that."

Julia, Devon Yurt, Nov 18

"We entered the awards for lots of reasons, you can never stay still and the market is constantly evolving, this is a great way for us to test if were are delivering everything we should be at the highest possible level. Its also a great motivational goal for the team to be recognised and potentially attend an awards ceremony at the end the season.  The rewards are really what you make them, its great for the team to know they are doing a great job and its motivating to continue and get bigger and better, the impact on the business is down to how we market the success, we know that this award gives our brand integrity and as there is so much choice in the market place for accommodation providers, a respected and trusted logo on our marketing is priceless.  The most significant reward we have seen since winning a Gold in the International Visitor Experience category was to be approached by a Golf Tour Operator who has identified us a partner to work with as an accommodation provider for their European clients outside of the core season."

Kathy, Westward Living, Jan 18

"Do start thinking about your application early as it takes a lot of thought, involve as many of your team as possible in the brainstorming process.  Enjoy it, and see this as an opportunity to grow your business - it enhances what you do well and makes you evaluate what could be improved, its like revisiting your business plan.  If your lucky enough to get to the ceremony its such a great night regardless of where you are placed."

Kathy, Ocean Kave Jan 18