Isle of Wight businesses have been recognised for their quality, as Tourism South East announce the finalists in this years’ Beautiful South Awards for Excellence.

Tapnell Farm leads the way with nominations, in what has been a near record number of entries from across the region.

The awards – which take place in November this year at the Grand Hotel in Brighton – reflect the wealth of tourism businesses and experiences the South East has to offer.

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Visit Isle of Wight CEO, David Thornton, said:

“Congratulations to those in the running on the Island! It’s always good for us all, as it shines a spotlight on what a great destination we are. There are so many businesses here that continually work to succeed in a competitive market, and for the Isle of Wight to be so prominent in a region as large as the South East is testament to their efforts.

“It shows that the Isle of Wight is up there among the best and with campaigns such as Explore Victoria’s Island and the Literary Heroes Trail, we are continuing to highlight the best our Island has to offer.”

Visit Isle of Wight is a member of Tourism South East, and they have helped generate over £5million of press interest for the Isle of Wight, including over £1million for Victoria & Abdul alone.

Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East said:

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“The Beautiful South Awards are the highlight of the year for the South East’s visitor economy. They are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences South East of England has to offer. This year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever making it extremely tough for the judges. Some very fine businesses narrowly missed the cut so the finalists truly are the best of the best.”

The Isle of Wight is recognised in the following categories:

Access and Inclusivity Award
Hovertravel – Finalist

Glamping Business of the Year
Tom’s Eco Lodge, – Finalist

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Holiday Park of the Year
Whitecliff Bay by Away Resorts, Bembridge – Finalist

Self Catering Business of the Year
Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth – Finalist

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth – Finalist

Sustainable Tourism Award
Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth – Finalist

Tourism Event/Festival of the Year
Electric Woods, Robin Hill – Highly Commended

Last year, Tom’s Eco Lodge and Tapnell Farm walked away with Gold, as did the Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat at Wootton Bridge and the Monkey Haven at Newport.

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