Stonehenge commended at South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2023

At the South West Tourism Excellence Awards Stonehenge in Wiltshire received a commendation <i>(Image: PA)</i>
At the South West Tourism Excellence Awards Stonehenge in Wiltshire received a commendation (Image: PA)

A Salisbury landmark received a commendation at the 2023 South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

The annual event was the culmination of 12 months of entry, judging and feedback as nearly 300 winners, supporters and tourism leaders celebrated at Eden Project for the first time in 10 years.

In total 482 entries were submitted from across the region including Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

All forms of hospitality business were amongst the winners, with cafes, pubs, watersports schools and falconries all celebrating alongside attractions, camping and glamping sites, holiday parks, B&Bs, cottages and hotels.

What was Stonehenge commended for?

Stonehenge received the commendation in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award, alongside The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Devon.

Awards were split out over Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commedation sections, with Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Somerset winning Gold in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award section.

The full list of finalists and commended entrants can be found below with further information at the website here.

Steve Hayfield, Customer Experience and Delivery Director at headline sponsor South West Water, said: “We are proud to be continuing our relationship with the South West Tourism Awards, recognising that a thriving tourism industry is essential to the economic wellbeing of our beautiful region. Once again we are delighted to celebrate the many outstanding businesses across our region.

“We know our water environment is vital to both locals and visitors alike, and over the last year our region has faced a significant challenge around water resources, which our customers and communities have helped us to tackle head on.

“Our Save Every Drop campaign is focused on how customers, businesses and visitors to the region can help to bring our precious water supplies back on track and we thank everyone in our region for the crucial role they have played in helping us do that. We hope to keep working together as we strive to ensure resilient water supplies, and continue to support the needs of the region in the future.”

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who manage the Awards, added: “What a delight to be in the company of the region’s best, and at one of our most iconic venues.  The conversations and celebrations were a real joy – I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!”