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Valleyside Escapes – finalist in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards!

Feb 10, 2024 | Awards

South West Tourism England logo landscape FINALIST 2023-24_CValleyside Escapes is one of the Top 3 glamping sites in the South West of England and is a FINALIST in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards!

Following the recent GOLD award win for Glamping Business of the Year at the Devon Tourism Awards Valleyside Escapes was automatically put forward for the South West Regional awards – this includes competing against other glamping sites in seven neighbouring counties – Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath & Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

We are so happy to be named as one of the Top 3 glamping sites in the South West and on the 14th March we will be honoured with a gold, silver or bronze award – we can’t wait to fly the flag for Devon at the awards ceremony!

Chair of judges Dr Natalie Semley, Lecturer in Sustainable Tourism Management at Cornwall Business School, commented: This year we have witnessed an outstanding level of excellence; across the region and all entries. The shortlisted finalists really stand out from the crowd, and they are commended for their level of dedication, commitment, and passion towards delivering a more sustainable, accessible, and inclusive tourism industry here in the Southwest.”

The journey to the awards!
The process to win an award is rigorous…

Stage 1 – Applicants are required to complete an extensive questionnaire backed with evidence about why the glamping site is impressive, how it has developed, what successes there have been and future plans. This is scored and if passed you move to the next stage…

Stage 2 – Requires a judge to stay and capture first-hand experience. Following the visit it is then decided if the applicant progresses to the final stage of the county awards…

Stage 3 – Valleyside Escapes won GOLD for Glamping Business of the Year at the Devon Tourism awards!Gold glamping site_judges comments

Stage 4 – Winners are automatically put forward for the South West England Excellence Awards where independent judges consider entry submissions, websites, social media and review sites. Reports and recommendations were then submitted to an independent panel who make the final decisions.

Stage 5 – Valleyside Escapes is named as a Finalist in the Glamping Business of the Year category at the South West England Excellence Awards!

Stage 6 – In March Valleyside Escapes will receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze at the South West England Excellence Awards ceremony!

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who manage the Awards, added: “It is an honour to be associated with the excellence witnessed across these outstanding businesses, many of whom have not just survived tough times but have innovated, invested and delivered outstanding service to the region’s visitors. Well done to them all.”  

 

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