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The shortlisted finalists in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2017/18 have been announced and once again, the Isles of Scilly will be well represented at this year’s ceremony taking place at the Headland Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall on Thursday 2nd November.

This year, five Scilly businesses will be honoured with either Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards. They are:
  • Scilly Seal Snorkelling in the Active & Sporting Experience of the Year category
  • Karma St. Martin’s – 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 Hotel & 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.

The Islands’ Partnership was again instrumental this year in encouraging members to take part in the Awards, and in assisting those businesses who came forward to write their bids. All businesses who submit applications benefit from receiving the judges’ reports and recommendations following the extensive three-stage judging process.

“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,” says David Jackson, Executive Director, Islands’ Partnership. “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 are particularly pleased to see that the Islands’ Regatta, a real showcase event last year that delivered a fantastic boost to Scilly’s visitor economy, has been recognised,” he adds. “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 who runs the awards programme comments: “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.