ONCE again, the Herald Express is delighted to be organising and managing the English Rivera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2013.
Last year's inaugural event was a huge success showcasing the very best of our tourism and hospitality sector, and this year the event has gone from strength to strength, with more than 90 entries received underlining the fact that despite the testing economic climate we all operate in, there is still much to be positive about in South Devon.
We are, therefore, proud to be leading an event that will recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in tourism and hospitality. Our aim is to promote and reward leading businesses and individuals whatever their sector and size during the past year across numerous award categories ranging from Hotel of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service award, Tourism Event of the Year as well as a brand new award category for 2013: Taste of the Riviera Fine Dining.
Naturally, events like this would not have been possible without the support of our headline partner, Wollen Michelmore who have been excellent partners with this year's initiative.
We would also like to thank award category sponsors: English Riviera Tourism Company, Shearings Holidays, Betterclean Services, Berendsen, GK Signs and Screenprint Ltd, Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, Horizons Restaurant at South Devon College, Torbay Council and Torbay Development Agency, Devon Studio School, Fun Matters, Monty Halls Ltd and, our event partner, Visit South Devon.
Also, a huge debt of gratitude is owed to our judging panel brilliantly led by Rich Cuming, partner at Bygones and chairman of the English Riviera Attractions group, as well as Chris Hart, managing partner at Wollen Michelmore, Carolyn Custerson, chief executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company, Barry Cole, owner of BCA – Advisors to Small Businesses, Jessica Yeoman, marketing manager at Visit South Devon, Jon Paul Hedge of the Herald Express, Rosalind Prowse, chairman of Teignbridge District Council and Sarah Davey, founder and director at Attention Media.