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Businesses Shortlisted For Prestigious Beautiful South Awards

Tourism South East / Visit South East England

The South East's leading tourism businesses have been chosen for the finals of the Beautiful South Tourism Awards.

This year saw over 120 entries from the cream of the tourism industry in the South East, with 61 businesses selected as finalists.  All will be in suspense until the ceremony when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze.  The winners will be announced at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on Thursday 4th of December.

Winners in matching categories will be invited to represent the South East in the National VisitEngland Awards in 2015.

Peter Colling, Managing Director of Tourism South East, said “Every year the Beautiful South Awards are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences South East of England has to offer. And this year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever making it extremely tough for the judges. Some very fine businesses narrowly missed the cut and the finalists truly are the best of the best.”

Shepherd Neame Chief Executive, Jonathan Neame said: “We have a diverse estate of 347 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, along with an award-winning Visitor Centre, so we are aware of the important role tourism plays not only in our business but for the South East economy as a whole. We are delighted to support the industry and recognise outstanding commitment to quality, innovation and service, by sponsoring this year's Beautiful South Awards.”

For more information about the awards and awards night please contact awards@beautifulsouthawards.co.uk or visit www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk.

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More information about Tourism South East can be found at: www.tourismsoutheast.com or telephone 023 8062 5400.

Note to Editors:

Tourism South East is a leading membership-based tourism organisation and provider of tourism services operating across South East England, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey and beyond.

Beautiful South Tourism Awards Finalists and Highly Commended 2014 in Association with Headline Sponsors Shepherd Neame, www.shepherdneame.co.uk

(In alphabetic order)

Access for All Tourism Award

Sponsored by Tourism for All

www.tourismforall.org.uk

FINALISTS                          

Holiday Inn Winchester, Hampshire

Oxford Bus Company, Oxfordshire

Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford, Surrey

The Lightbox, Woking, Surrey

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jurys Inn Brighton, East Sussex

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Accommodation of the Year

Sponsored by Lloyds Bank Cardnet

www.lloydsbankcardnet.com

FINALISTS                          

Broadway Barn Properties, Ripley, Surrey

Colliers Farm Bed and Breakfast, Fernhurst, West Sussex

Molland Manor House B&B, Canterbury, Kent

Swan House, Hastings, East Sussex

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Woolpack Inn, Chilham, Kent

The Old Vine, Winchester, Hampshire

The Swiss Cottage, Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Business Tourism Award

Sponsored by Shopper Anonymous

www.shopperanonymous.co.uk

FINALISTS                          

Barnett Hill, Guildford, Surrey

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, Brockenhurst, New Forest

Holiday Inn Winchester, Hampshire

Marwell Hotel, Winchester, Hampshire

Flavour of the South East Award

Sponsored by Whitstable Bay

www.shepherdneame.co.uk

FINALISTS                          

Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel, Winchester Hampshire

The Montagu Arms Hotel, New Forest, Hampshire

The Pointer, Brill, Buckinghamshire

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford, Surrey

The Mark Cross Inn, Crowborough, East Sussex

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Sponsored by Hoseasons

www.hoseasons.co.uk

FINALISTS                          

Crowhurst Park, Battle, East Sussex

Shorefield Holidays Ltd, Milford on Sea, Hampshire

Two Hoots Campsite, Alresford, Hampshire

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Isle of Wight

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mill Rythe Holiday Village

Large Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by Quality in Tourism

www.qualityintourism.com

FINALISTS                          

Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, East Grinstead, West Sussex

Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton, New Forest

Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel, Winchester, Hampshire

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa, Wilmington, Kent

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Crowne Plaza Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Jurys Inn Brighton, East Sussex

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Take One Media

www.takeonemedia.co.uk

FINALISTS                          

Marwell Wildlife, Winchester Hampshire

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Welcome to Excellence

www.welcometoexcellence.com

FINALISTS                          

Amanda Bryett - Windsor Tourist Guides , Berkshire

Julie Hannah - Crowhurst Park, Battle, East Sussex

Clair Ratcliffe-Speakman - Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire

Marina Shellard - Colliers Farm Bed and Breakfast, Fernhurst, West Sussex

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mrs Julie Burchell - Mapledurham Trust, Reading, Berkshire

Carol Palmer - Crowne Plaza Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Mrs Anna White - Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, Brockenhurst, New Forest

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism

Will be announced on the night                 

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

FINALISTS                          

Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays, Isle of Wight

Forest Holidays, Blackwood Cabins, Winchester, Hampshire

Tom's Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight

Two Hoots Campsite, Alresford, Hampshire

HIGHLY COMMENDED

South Winchester Lodges, Winchester, Hampshire

Small Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by e-Strategy

www.e-strategy.net

FINALISTS                          

Best Western Plus Wroxton House Hotel,  Banbury, Oxfordshire

G! Boutique Hotel, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Langshott Manor Hotel, Horley, Surrey

The Montagu Arms Hotel , Beaulieu, New Forest

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

FINALISTS                          

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Swanwick, Hampshire

Owl & Monkey Haven, Isle of Wight

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Arundel, West Sussex

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dickens Birthplace Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Sustainable Tourism Award

Sponsored by Green Tourism

www.green-tourism.com

FINALISTS                          

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey

Holiday Inn Winchester, Hampshire

Jurys Inn Brighton, East Sussex

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Two Hoots Campsite, Alresford, Hampshire

Tourism Event of the Year

FINALISTS                          

Hampshire Food Festival, Hampshire

Rise of the Dinosaurs Marwell Wildlife, Winchester, Hampshire

Wallingford Food Festival, Oxfordshire

West Dean Chilli Fiesta, Nr Chichester, West Sussex

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Wind Tunnel Project, Farnborough, Hampshire

New Forest and Hampshire County Show, New Foreset

Tourism Experience of the Year

FINALISTS                          

Go Ape Moors Valley, Ringwood, Hampshire

Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari Experience – Port Lympne Reserve, Nr Ashford, Kent

Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours, Oxfordshire

Ride The Hill, Nutfield, Surrey

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Explore Medway open top bus

Tourism Pub of the Year

Sponsored by OBC The Accountants

www.obcaccountants.com

FINALISTS                          

The Farm @ Friday Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex

The Old Drum, Petersfield, Hampshire

The Old Vine, Winchester, Hampshire

The Pointer, Brill, Buckinghamshire

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Baskerville, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

The Woolpack Inn, Chilham, Kent

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Tourist Network

www.touristnetwork.co.uk

FINALISTS     

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre – Towncentric, Kent

Guildford Tourist Information Centre, Surrey

Portsmouth Visitor Information Service, Hampshire

Rye Tourist Information Centre, East Sussex

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Shanklin Tourist Information Centre, Isle of Wight