Big day ahead at tourism awards


Herald Express - - News - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

THE Big Day is al­most here! To­mor­row night we will be cel­e­brat­ing the very best of South Devon’s tourism in­dus­try at the most pres­ti­gious awards night of the year.

And there’s still time for you to join us! Tick­ets are on sale for the event, at which the pick of the fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices of the area’s multi-mil­lion-pound tourism in­dus­try will be cel­e­brated.

To­mor­row night sees the glit­ter­ing fi­nal awards night for the 2018 Her­ald Ex­press South Devon Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Awards, pre­sented with our part­ners Wollen Michel­more.

You can join us on the night. For ticket de­tails visit he­t­ouris­ Our as­so­ciate ed­i­tor Jim Parker and BBC Spot­light’s Vic­to­ria Gra­ham will host the awards, which are pre­sented in con­junc­tion with our part­ners Wollen Michel­more, at the Riviera In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Torquay on Novem­ber 29.

Guest speaker on the night will be Hi­lary Bradt MBE, the founder and direc­tor of Bradt Travel Guides, the award-win­ning pub­lisher which has been cham­pi­oning un­usual des­ti­na­tions since 1974.

The com­pany also has a se­ries of Slow travel guides. which have be­come the fastest-grow­ing se­ries of lo­cal guide books in the UK.

Hi­lary is the au­thor and co-au­thor of three Devon guides, in­sist­ing that such a beau­ti­ful county de­served to be di­vided into re­gions. Hi­lary was awarded a MBE for ser­vices to tourism and char­ity.

This week we turn the spot­light on the fi­nal two cat­e­gories to be de­cided at the awards cer­e­mony.

Below Decks is a beau­ti­ful seafood fam­ily din­ing restau­rant on Beacon Quay, over­look­ing Torquay’s his­toric har­bour. It takes pride in wel­com­ing all, serv­ing qual­ity food and de­liv­er­ing ser­vice with a smile. That in­cludes four legged friends, of­fer­ing dog blan­kets, dog treats, wa­ter bowls and lots of love. Dogs are al­lowed in the restau­rant and al­fresco din­ing ar­eas of­fer­ing plenty of shade.

Cantina Kitchen & Bar go above and be­yond to ac­com­mo­date your furry fam­ily mem­bers. The mar­quee area and gar­den are ideally suited to dogs who like to make the most of be­ing at the sea­side. It also wel­comes dogs in­side the bar and pro­vide dog tow­els and blan­kets so they can dry off af­ter a swim or if caught in a show. It has a se­lec­tion of dog snacks avail­able at the bar.

Cock­ing­ton Court wel- comes re­spon­si­ble own­ers and their dogs with open arms. Ac­cess is pro­vided to all ar­eas of the court so own­ers don’t have to worry about leav­ing their dogs on their own. The tea rooms has its own dog friendly scones, called sco­nios. There are 420 acres of parks and wood­lands for dog walk­ers which is ac­ces­si­ble all year round, with plenty of park­ing.

Cofton Hol­i­days Set within 80 acres of glo­ri­ous Devon coun­try­side, Cofton Hol­i­days has been a fam­ily-run hol­i­day park for over 40 years. It recog­nises the de­mand for dog-friendly hol­i­days is on the rise with more peo­ple choos­ing a stay­ca­tion with their four-legged friends. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is equipped with a dog mat, dog bowl and blan­ket, to make dogs as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

Pil­grims Rest Cot­tages The English Riviera has seven English Her­itage Na­tion­ally Im­por­tant Res­i­den­cies at Grade II* level; Pil­grims Rest Cot­tages of­fers award-win­ning self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, made up of the Thresh­ing Barn, Honey­suckle and Sweet Rose, dat­ing back to the 16th cen­tury. Dogs re­ceive their own wel­come let­ter and gifts, many ex­tras are avail­able to help their stay be more en­joy­able for them and their par­ents, in­clud­ing dog mind­ing.


Cofton Hol­i­days takes a long-term view and in­vests in sus­tain­able so­lu­tions that re­turn long-term ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity and busi­ness. These in­clude a £500,000 biomass hub and dis­trict hot wa­ter sys­tem sav­ing 40% on an­nual fuel bills and cut­ting CO2 by at least 750 tonnes per year.

Hay­tor Ho­tel is an el­e­gant de­tached 1835 villa in beau­ti­ful gar­dens, pro­vid­ing lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in a peace­ful and re­laxed at­mos­phere. It im­ple­mented changes as a di­rect re­sult of a SWEC au­dit in­clud­ing in­stalling en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances mon­i­tor­ing en­ergy use with on­line tools. It chooses sup­pli­ers which sup­port its prac­tices with the ma­jor­ity of food used in break­fasts com­ing from Tor­bay/Devon sup­pli­ers.

The Palace Theatre, Paign­ton is com­mit­ted to the fol­low­ing prin­ci­ples: sus­tain­abil­ity, re­duce, re­use and re­cy­cle as much as pos­si­ble, re­cy­cling all bat­ter­ies, pa­per, plas­tics and glass; re­spon­si­bil­ity, work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to pro­vide a space for learn­ing and cre­ativ­ity; eth­i­cally, mon­i­tor­ing the per­for­mances and per­form­ers on stage, to en­sure the pro­vi­sion is of the high­est qual­ity.

Paign­ton Zoo & Liv­ing Coasts un­der­stands the im­pact busi­ness prac­tice can have on the en­vi­ron­ment and on the habi­tat of many an­i­mals. There­fore sus­tain­abil­ity is at the heart of its busi­ness and is pas­sion­ate about high­light­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues to guests though their ac­tions.

Pen­ny­well Farm As a busi­ness, Pen­ny­well Farm be­lieves there is a duty to care for cre­ation which is why en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is of para­mount im­por­tance. Sus­tain­able ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude plant-a-pot, wil­low weav­ing, pond dip­ping and all the an­i­mal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude in­for­ma­tion about an­i­mal wel­fare, farm­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment.

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