CATA members triumph at the Cornwall Tourism Awards

Wednesday 7th November, 2018

CATA member attractions triumphed with a great haul of awards at the prestigious Cornwall Tourism Awards, held in Truro Cathdral on Thursday 1 November. Congratulations to all CATA member attractions who were nominate, and especially to those winners in their categories.

There were some brilliant results for our members, and it really does pay testimony to the high quality of  our attractions to see such recognition for these wonderful attractions.

  • CATA sponsored the best Visitor Information Service category and we were delighted to see this won by Bodmin TIC, home to the Courtroom Experience which is actually one of our members!
  • The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno won gold in small attraction of the year, Bodmin Jail took silver and Lappa Valley took bronze in this category.
  • Geevor Tin Mine won silver for International Visitor Experience Award, and Lappa Valley won gold for the Access and Inclusivity Award – two very well deserved awards.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan took gold in Large Attraction of the Year, with NT Trelissick taking silver and NT Glendurgan taking bronze.
  • Paradise Park won bronze in the Wildlife Friendly Award.
After 7 months of assessing evidence and a rigorous 3-phase judging process, the winners of this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards have been announced.  Now in their 17th year, the awards saw 80 awards presented across 26 different categories, with new ones this year for Tourism Innovation and New Businesses.  The awards celebration was enhanced by a stimulating presentation from Executive Producer of Doc Martin, Mark Crowdy, who was in turn the recipient of a surprise Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award for the Doc Martin team and the show’s impact on Cornish Tourism.

It was the first time the Awards had been held in Truro Cathedral, with a record 398 guests attending what was an inspiring event, with high-tech lighting showing the Cathedral at its very best.

Top winners on the night included Railholiday, picking up the prestigious Winner of Winners trophy alongside three further trophies, whilst the new Tourism Innovation and New Business Golds were shared between the Cohort Hostel and Cornish Wine Tours.

Awards organizer Robin Barker welcomed all winners: “I’d like to congratulate you for having the courage to have a go, and put yourself through what is recognised as the country’s most rigorous tourism awards judging process."

Speaking after the event Mark Warnes, Property and Portfolio Director at Headline sponsors Hoseasons, said: “Tonight is obviously about the winners, but the truth is every one of our finalists is in their own way a fantastic advert for what keeps this county at the forefront of the UK tourism industry. The pride and passion they have shown in their businesses over the last 12 months is why people continue to see Cornwall as one of Britain’s best holiday destinations and why holidaymakers come back year after year.”

Head of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, commented: “The awards shine the spotlight of excellence on some of our best and leading tourism operators in Cornwall. It is this excellence that makes Cornwall one of, if not the leading, UK holiday regions. It celebrates not only the businesses but also the team work from staff, Managers and owners as only team work can deliver excellence.”

Watch a three minute highlight video of the awards here:

CATA members triumph at the Cornwall Tourism Awards

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