Cornwall

Tourism awards for Cornwall and Devon attractions

Eden Project
Image caption The Eden Project hosted the ceremony

Tourism businesses from Devon and Cornwall were among the winners at an annual ceremony.

The South West Tourism Excellence Awards takes in attractions as far east as Wiltshire.

The night's gold winners included Bodmin Visitor Information Centre and Falmouth Oyster Festival.

More than 300 entries were considered for the awards, with the final 164 visited by a team of mystery shoppers.

In Devon, Exmoor Zoo received a gold for the small attraction category.

A special award for outstanding achievement went to Devon Cliffs' Brian O'Brien for his inspiration to staff, visitors and the local community.

Alistair Handyside, the chair of the judges, said: "Leading tourism businesses in the South West have excelled themselves in maintaining a strong tradition of innovation and quality.

"Most will now go on to represent both themselves and our region at the Visit England national tourism awards and we wish them all the very best."

The awards ceremony, which was presented by BBC Radio Cornwall's Daphne Skinnard, was held at the Eden Project near St Austell.

It is the first time the event has been staged in the county.

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