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The Isles of Scilly scooped five gongs at last night’s dazzling Cornwall Tourism Awards which once again took place at the Headland Hotel, Newquay.

Impressively, Hell Bay Hotel took Gold, for the fifth successive year, in the Small / Boutique Hotel of the Year category. The Islands’ Partnership (Visit Isles of Scilly) won Silver for the Islands’ Regatta in the Tourism/Festival of the Year category; there were a further two Silvers for Star Castle in the Restaurant Category and for Scilly Seal Snorkelling in the Active & Sporting Experience of the Year category; whilst Karma St. Martin’s took a Bronze Award in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category.

Additionally for Scilly, although not represented on the night, Tregarthen’s Cottages, The Wheelhouse and Karma St. Martin’s were all Highly Commended in their respective categories: Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Bed & Breakfast of the Year and Small / Boutique Hotel of the Year.

This year, there were 180 entries entering 26 different categories (including a new one for Guided Tours) – with standards once again taking a step up. The awards celebration was enhanced by a lovely presentation from Gold medal rowing winner and record holder Helen Glover, who ran, swam, and played tennis and hockey for Cornwall before becoming two-time Olympic champion.

“Scilly has once again enjoyed significant success at the Cornwall Tourism Awards as leading businesses across the islands continue to drive forward with a fantastic tourist offering,” says David Jackson, Executive Director, Islands’ Partnership (the Destination Management Organisation for the Isles of Scilly). “Hell Bay, in particular, should be congratulated on their fifth successive Gold, a truly impressive achievement in an ever more competitive category. Our continued success at these Awards should encourage more accommodation providers, attractions and experiences to enter next year and beyond. It was a great night for the islands and a superb way to wrap up another great season.”

Awards organiser Robin Barker added: “These awards are not about being good. They are about excellence in what is one of the world’s largest, fastest growing and most innovative industries. To be a winner, in a destination with the standing of Cornwall, is something winners should take great pride in.”

The successful finalists from Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly will be fast tracked into matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2018 and possibly invited to represent Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the 2018 National VisitEngland Awards in April.

The full list of finalists can be found on the Cornwall Tourism Awards website.

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