Western Morning News

Devon Tourism Awards show sector’s resilience

- WMN REPORTER wmnnewsdes­k@reachplc.com

THE finalists have been announced for the 2020 Devon Tourism Awards, after an extended ten-month programme.

A total of 124 entries were received, with 66 selected as finalists. They are now in suspense until the awards day scheduled for March 11, when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver, Bronze or a Special award. A further 13 receive Commended status.

The 11th year of the competitio­n has been run in unpreceden­ted times for tourism, but the focus on excellence and feedback for entrants has remained as relevant as ever.

Deborah Heather, of headline sponsors Quality in Tourism, said: “The resilience and quality of the Devon Tourism industry is particular­ly impressive in the current climate; we’ve seen some remarkable businesses worthy of the highest accolades.

“Quality in Tourism is proud to be headline sponsor of the Devon Tourism awards and to work with such an amazing group of businesses.”

Simon Fishwick, company secretary of VisitDevon, said: “It really is amazing how many of our wonderful businesses entered the Devon Tourism

awards this year. The past year has been difficult for so many businesses; however, to see the high standard of the entries and the innovative approach being shown by many is really heart-warming. Well done to all of the finalists and good luck on the day!

“For those not listed, keep trying – just remember that there has to be a winner and it could be you next time! Overall, the industry is looking well placed for the recovery – plenty of wonderful accommodat­ion, delicious food and drink and a great variety of first-class attraction­s.”

Awards organiser Robin Barker, of Services for Tourism, said: “The past ten months have been a challenge for everyone – to survive, let alone prosper. We have heard so many stories from entrants – of innovation, adaptation, and reinventio­n, and, of course for some, of desperatio­n.

“Having considered abandoning the awards for the year, I’m so glad we persevered, adapting and changing along the way to reflect the everchangi­ng situation. The delight we’re witnessing amongst finalists on being told of their success makes it all so worthwhile!”

For a full list of finalists, see below, or visit devontouri­smawards. org.uk. Twitter: @DevonTourA­ward (Hash Tag #DevonTA)

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Salcombe’s Gara Rock Hotel is an entrant in the 2020 Devon Tourism Awards

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