***Update – we were delighted to win the silver award in the Dog Friendly Category! See below for some pictures and the video from the awards ceremony*** The Finalists have been announced for this year’s Devon Tourism Awards and we’re delighted to be included in two categories. We were awarded Highly Commended in the Touring Camping and Caravan Site of the year category, and a finalist in the Dog Friendly Business of the year!
These prestigious awards are judged by industry experts, with an emphasis on quality and excellence in tourism. As a business we decided to enter for the first time this year for a number of reasons, and we’ve found the whole experience really rewarding and helpful. To begin with our staff went to a workshop where we got a chance to speak to the organisers and other entrants. After getting lots of helpful hints and tips we then had a few weeks to prepare our entries and this gave us the opportunity to look at all our practices and facilities and think about what we already do and how we can improve. Then the waiting began…but in September we were really pleased to know that we had been shortlisted in both categories and visited by mystery shoppers. When the finalists were announced in early October the whole team were jumping for joy.
With a whole host of high profile sponsors and a range of categories covering all aspects of tourism we feel so proud to have made it this far in the awards and we’re looking forward to finding out which place we’ve been given at the Devon Tourism Awards Ceremony in November. The businesses that win gold in the Devon Awards will then be put forward to the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and may even go on to represent Devon in the National VisitEngland awards!
Have a look at the full list of finalists here: Devon Tourism Awards Finalists
Here’s what the local media have to say about it:
With Devon being one of the UK’s largest counties, full of amazing tourism businesses so to be named among the best of the best is a huge honour for us. Please wish us luck at the awards ceremony on 22nd November!
Have a look at the video of the evening – as usual the Stowford girls can be spotted eating, drinking and laughing!