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Finalists announced for BBPA sponsored VisitEngland Awards for Excellence Tourism Pub Award


VisitEngland has today announced the finalists for their Awards for Excellence 2014. Among the categories is the British Beer & Pub Association sponsored Tourism Pub category.

VisitEngland has today announced the finalists for their Awards for Excellence 2014. Among the categories is the British Beer & Pub Association sponsored Tourism Pub category.

The pubs listed in this category are:

Tourism Pub of the Year
Pandora Inn
Falmouth, Cornwall

South Causey Inn
Stanley, County Durham

The Feathered Nest Country Inn
Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire

The Horse and Jockey, Manton
Manton, East Midlands

Watermill Inn & Brewery
Kendal, Cumbria

The awards celebrate the very best England has to offer and the outstanding tourism pub that wins this prestigious accolade will be announced at the award ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday, 12 May.

Both regional winners and direct entries for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are rigorously assessed by independent assessors and judged by a board of tourism industry experts. Carefully chosen by a judging panel, the finalists represent the finest in the industry and include a wealth of attractions, accommodation providers, tourism experiences, Tourist Information Centres and businesses that have shown complete dedication to developing the excellent standards of English tourism. Each finalist is guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended in their category.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said:
“It is a great honour to be able to support these prestigious awards. With tourism a major contributing factor to the growth of the British pub industry, the Tourism Pub Award is an important accolade. The finalists should be proud of their role as flagship examples of how pubs can diversify their offer and provide exceptional quality in order to ensure that the tourist market is provided for.”

VisitEngland’s Chief Executive James Berresford said:

“I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a tremendous achievement for any business to become a finalist. Each finalist is already a winner and can take justifiable pride and credit in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England, and in the contribution they make to an industry worth £106 billion to the economy, supporting 2.6 million jobs. I wish all our finalists the very best of luck for the awards ceremony in May.”

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Neil Williams, Head of Media Tel: (020) 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779
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Notes to editors:

Notes to editors:

About the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014

 The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 celebrate the best of English tourism. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination.

 The 18 categories for the 2014 awards include: Access for All Tourism Award, Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year, Business Tourism Award, Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year, Large Hotel of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Taste of England Award, Tourism Event of the Year, Tourism Experience of the Year, Tourism Pub of the Year, Visitor Information Provider of the Year.

 Included in the 18 categories are the additional Awards of Tourism Superstar, Travel Article of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism. The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award will be announced on the night. Previous winners of this award have included The Great English Pub, Michael Eavis CBE, HM The Queen, the Harry Potter films, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Paul McCartney, Liverpool, The National Trust, the English Garden and last year the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers.

About BBPA
The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 96% of beer brewed in Britain today, and own more than half of the nation’s pubs. These members are also diverse in their activity – from international brewers, to market-leading managed pub companies, the nation’s largest tenanted pub companies and historic family brewers. This diversity of membership enables us to speak up for the industry, championing its cause, whilst also being able to credibly claim a wide representative base.

The Association exists to promote and protect one of the nation’s most iconic and important industries. Not only is it a significant contributor to the economy, but also a vital cultural icon unique to Britain. Almost a million jobs are reliant on our sector, and the economy is £21.4 billion better off.

About VisitEngland
• VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board. It works in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and our visitors. Its work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on

• England is a unique destination and a real powerhouse in global tourism. It represents 84 per cent of the total UK visitor economy, is worth £106 billion, and supports 2.6 million jobs.
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