Mid Devon Finalists in Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2020

2020 was a really tough year for our tourism businesses so we’re thrilled to have some good news to share! We’re excited to see lots of Mid Devon Finalists in the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2020.

Despite the circumstances there were lots of entries across the tourist sector from all corners of Devon this year. Our Mid Devon businesses were up against some tough competition to reach the finals! A total of 124 entries were received into the awards, with 66 selected as finalists who are now in suspense until the Awards day scheduled for 11th March, when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver, Bronze or a Special award. A further 13 businesses receive Commended status.

Deborah Heather of headline sponsors, Quality in Tourism said: “Resilience and adaptation are key to the success of every hospitality and tourism business in these current times; and, despite how difficult it has been across the board for the industry it’s amazing to see the commitment to quality and to continuous improvement we’ve seen from the applications to the awards.”

All of our Mid Devon businesses have shown amazing resilience over the last year and faced the challenges head on. They have adapted to continue providing excellence and faced the situation with positivity and determination. To have been recognised as a finalist or highly commended business in these awards is a great recognition of the hard work they have put in.

The current lockdown means that the usual celebration can’t happen but there will still be a chance for finalists to dress up and get excited for the online award ceremony in March.

Meet the Finalists

Leafy  Fields Glamping are up for the Accesible and Inclusive Tourism Award.

Fernside Bed and Breakfast are Commended in the B&B and Guesthouse of the Year category.

The Cadeleigh Arms are finalists in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category and are also up for the Pub of the Year award.

Mid Devon is clearly doing Glamping well with 3 businesses in the Glamping Business of the Year category! Leafy Fields Glamping are up for this one too and are joined as finalists by Blackdown Yurts. Valleyside Escapes are also Commended.

Quince Honey Farm are finalists in the Tourism Innovation Award and Visitor Attraction of the Year category.

Paschoe House are up for the Wedding Venue of the Year award.

We’re thrilled that Tiverton Tourist Information Service, the home of Visit Mid Devon, has reached the finals in the Visitor Information Service of the Year category!

To see a full list of finalists and commended businesses, and to suss out our competition, visit the Devon Tourism Awards website.

Awards organizer Robin Barker of Services for Tourism comments: “The past 10 months have been a challenge for everyone – to survive let alone prosper. We have heard so many stories from entrants – of innovation, adaptation, and reinvention – and of course for many of desperation. Having considered abandoning the Awards for the year I’m so glad we persevered, adapting and changing along the way to reflect the ever-changing situation. The delight we’re witnessing amongst finalists on being told of their success makes it all so worthwhile!”

Our congratulations go to the commended businesses and we wish all of our Mid Devon finalists the best of luck at the virtual ceremony… we’ll see you there!



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Devon Tourism Awards 2020