The very best of the region's Tourism industry is being celebrated at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.
Finalists from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset are making their way to Devon - and our own Ian Axton is hosting the event:
Tourism businesses in the South West say the bank holiday weekend has provided a much needed boost to the industry. While official figures haven't been confirmed, Visit Somerset says some businesses have reported a 40% rise in visitors this year - leaving bosses confident about the future.
The West Country's seaside towns will be getting more financial help next year, after the Government announced it is increasing the Coastal Communities Fund.
The money is designed to boost economic growth by helping local businesses.
- National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow
- Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno in Penzance
- Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network
- South Moulton Heritage Railway
- Clevedon Pier in North Somerset
- Destination Plymouth
South West Tourism boss Malcolm Bell wants the Met Office to stop providing weather forecasts beyond five days:
– Robin Barker, Awards Co-ordinator
2012 was a tough year for tourism in the South West. The Olympic effect, the difficult economic climate and unsettled weather resulted in a 6% national drop in rural domestic trips and 2% drop in longer domestic breaks. That impact has been felt across the industry, but there’s little doubt that the impact has been the least on businesses that have continued to invest in excellence – in their infrastructure, their people, their marketing, their skills. Those are the kind of businesses that win tourism awards and I invite them all to enter.”
The Awards cover Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bath, Bristol, the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Cornwall.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on June 21st.