Last night (Thursday) at Highbullen Hotel, Mr Stanbury was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award for his long term support of tourism in the region. The founder and partner of The Milky Way attraction was the driving force behind the formation of the North Devon Marketing Bureau, served as director of Visit Devon and was one of the founding members of The Devon Association of Tourism Attractions. In 2014 he campaigned hard and was successful in reviving the North Devon Marketing Bureau. The ninth annual awards night saw Millbrook Estate at High Bickington take gold for best self-catering and dog-friendly business, while the Tree Top Escape at Millbrook also won the inaugural tourism innovation and new business award. Highcliffe House at Lynton took gold for bed and breakfast and guesthouse of the year, while Otter Pool Barn at West Stowford Barton near Ilfracombe won gold for the access and inclusivity award, as well as silver in tourism innovation. Longlands at Combe Martin won gold for glamping and alternative accommodation of the year. There were silvers for Highbullen Hotel in the large hotel of the year and business tourism and venue categories, while Quince Honey Farm took silver in the learning experience and small attraction categories. Stowford Farm Meadows won silver in the dog friendly category in its first year of entering. Jo Smith at the business said: This is the first year we have entered these awards and everyone involved has been so helpful and encouraging. We were so excited to be named as finalists and thrilled with our award. Next year well be trying for gold! There were bronze awards for Clovelly and Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Speaking of Mr Stanburys award, Nick White, chairman of North Devon Marketing Bureau said: This is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud that Trevor has been recognised in this way. Trevor is a force to be reckoned in the British tourism industry for his commitment and dedication to promoting and supporting the area. Since the beginning of his career, he has been a champion for the North Devon, promoting the concept that the tourism industry can have a more powerful voice if we work together. He has worked tirelessly to promote the area and we would like to formally extend our congratulations to Trevor: Devon should be very proud to have him.