Four Scilly businesses and an event have been announced as finalists in the upcoming 2017/18 Cornwall Tourism Awards.
They will all be honoured with either Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards at the ceremony, which takes place at the Headland Hotel in Newquay on November 2nd.
The five finalists are:
Scilly Seal Snorkelling in the Active & Sporting Experience of the Year category
Karma St Martins in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category
Star Castle in the Restaurant/Bistro of the Year category
Hell Bay Hotel in the Small/Boutique Hotel of the Year category (for the fourth consecutive year)
Islands’ Regatta (Visit Isles of Scilly/Islands’ Partnership) in the Tourism Event/Festival of the Year category
In addition, The Wheelhouse, Tregarthen’s Cottages and Karma St Martin’s were all Highly Commended in this year’s selection process in the B&B of the Year, Self-Catering Holiday Provider and Small/Boutique Hotel of the Year categories respectively.
Hell Bay Hotel has been a finalist in the Small Hotel of the Year category for the last four years, scooping Gold in the last three years and going on to represent Scilly at both the regional South West Tourism Awards and nationally at the VisitEngland Awards. Scilly Seal Snorkelling, Karma and Star Castle are also previous Cornwall Tourism Award finalists.
Islands' Partnership Executive Director David Jackson said: “We’re delighted for all the businesses on Scilly who have been named finalists and who have been Highly Commended at this year’s awards. Every year, the judging gets tougher as visitors’ expectations increase, so it is great to see that Scilly remains competitive with the rest of Cornwall."
"We wish all five of our finalists the very best of luck on the 2nd November; let's hope it's another great night for Scilly.”
Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism - which runs the awards programme - said: “Yet again, the Isles of Scilly have performed well in the judging process this year. With five finalists and three Highly Commended businesses, we are really seeing an increase in quality from the leading tourism businesses on the islands. All concerned are to be warmly congratulated.”
Successful businesses in the Cornwall Awards will be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 and possibly invited to represent Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the 2016/2017 National VisitEngland Awards.