Golden haul for North Devon at tourism awards

Region earns a variety of honours at annual Devon Tourism Awards ceremony.

NORTH Devon attractions and businesses have scooped a haul of gongs at the annual Devon Tourism Awards last night (Thursady).

A glittering evening at Saunton Sands Hotel, presided over by Devon presenter Judi Spiers saw Woolacombe and Mortehoe TIC named the best in the county after winning gold in the Tourist Information category.

Rock and Rapid Adventures on South Molton also climbed ahead of the rest to take gold in the Tourism Activity, Sport and Experience of the Year section, which had two North Devon winners, with Calvert Trust Exmoor winning bronze.

There was cause for celebration at Exmoor Zoo near Bratton Fleming, which won gold for Visitor Attraction of the Year, sharing the top podium with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter.

“We are over the moon we were put up for the award and being joint gold winner is quite a privilege,” said Tina Rowtcliff at the zoo.

“we would not have been able to do it without all the visitors who came in and supported us through the horrendous summer weather.”

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Westward Living holiday cottages at Westward Ho! also took gold for Self Catering Establishment of the Year.

Northcote Manor Country Hotel picked up two silver awards in the Hotel of the Year plus the Taste of the West categories.

The Big Sheep Show Team were presented with silver for the Outstanding Customer Service Award, while the Devon stage of the Tour of Britain won silver for the Tourism Event of the Year.

Award winners will be entered into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February, with a chance of contesting the National Visit England Awards later next year.

The Devon Tourism Awards are managed by Services for Tourism Ltd, working alongside the Devon Tourism Partnership.

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