The 2015 British Travel Awards is looking like it could be a rather fruitful time for a number of areas that you can find Quality Unearthed glamping UK abodes in.
Thanks to the abundance of superb tourist resorts and holiday businesses that join QU’s accommodation in these areas, particularly Devon and Cornwall, they can expect to be walking away jubilant following the forthcoming awards ceremony.
As previously mentioned, Devon and Cornwall are in the strongest positions for the Best UK Holiday County category, but there is stiff competition coming in from our very own Pembrokeshire and Northumberland, respectively.
North Devon’s village of Woolacombe and North Cornwall’s Bude will be locking horns with Tenby and Bournemouth to claim the title of Best UK Coastal Resort.
The Western Morning News spoke to a number of representatives from a host of regions to see how they felt about the upcoming event and what it means to the places they hail from.
Rachel Zeale, manager of Woolacombe Tourism Information Centre, said: “It’s great to receive recognition for our beautiful beach.
“We have already won the Tripadvisor UK’s number one beach earlier this year as well as claiming fourth in Europe and 13th in the world, which is a fantastic accolade.
“Woolacombe is a lovely community to live and work in. Everyone pulls together to ensure that we offer a wide variety of facilities that make a great holiday destination.
“The Trust owns much of the land around Woolacombe and works hard to keep its natural beauty and wildlife accessible to all.”
Chief executive of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, said: “Cornwall has won this award for six consecutive years and we are delighted to be contending again and we hope to win it for a seventh year in a row.
“We have two amazing coasts, moors, historic fishing harbours, villages, a culture and Celtic heritage that makes Cornwall feel like a place apart from the rest of the country.
“To win for a seventh year when no other destination has won it for more than two years would be concrete evidence of Cornwall’s position as the UK’s most popular and highly regarded holiday region.”
The popular tourist attraction, the Eden Project, is hoping to be crowned Best UK Leisure Attraction for a record fifth consecutive year.
Peter Stewart, executive director of the Eden Project, said: “We hope the public will get behind us again this year to give us a chance of making it five.”
There’s no denying the appeal of the Westcountry, as it is filled with a plethora of natural beauty, attractions, and never fails to please as an exceptional staycation location.
One true example of what the Westcountry can offer is The South West Coast Path National Trail, which has been voted as a finalist for the Best UK Leisure Attraction in the British Travel Awards.
Remarkably, this will be the first time the Coast Path has been entered to be in the running.
National trail officer for the Coast Path, Mark Owen told the Western Morning News: “Many people who visit the South West do so to be beside the seaside and more often than not this will include a walk on the Coast Path at some point.
“It would be fantastic to be recognised for all the hard work we do to keep the way open to beautiful coastal places.”
There is still time for you to have your say in the votes, simply head over to the website to cast your vote before 30th September.
And if you wanted to make a note in your diary, the results are going to be revealed at the British Travel Awards gala awards dinner on 25th November.