|Beaulieu staff with the Beautiful South 2013 gold awards|
|Beaulieu Events Manager Judith Maddox receiving |
the gold award
The first gold of the evening was awarded to Beaulieu in the Access for All Tourism category, in a joint win with the Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford Hotel. This was shortly followed by another gold award for Beaulieu, as the attraction’s International Autojumble won the Tourism Event of the Year.
Members of both the Beaulieu Events and Front of House teams were present at the ceremony to collect their awards. Over the years, Beaulieu has developed into one of the South’s leading day visitor attractions, and prides itself on its visitor facilities and customer services. Its features now include the internationally renowned National Motor Museum, the World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey, and Palace House and gardens.
The International Autojumble, now in its 47th year, remains the most popular and longest-running of Beaulieu’s motoring events. It is the largest sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic and welcomes somewhere in the region of 37,000 visitors over the course of the annual two day show.
2013 has proved to be a successful year for Beaulieu, which was also awarded gold in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the 2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these accolades, and are very proud to be recognised for the attraction’s accessibility, as this is something we have strived to improve upon as much as possible in recent times. It is wonderful to finish this year on such a high note.”
Having now been running for over twenty years, the Beautiful South Awards celebrate the very best the South East has to offer for all types of tourism businesses including B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks, self catering, visitor attractions, as well as recognising those businesses that have gone the extra mile on accessibility, sustainability and great customer service.
The awards ceremony was co-hosted by Tourism South East Chairman, Ken Robinson CBE, and travel journalist and broadcaster, Alison Rice.
Mr Robinson said: “It is great to see such excellence rewarded. These 2013 Beautiful South Awards represent the culmination of hard work and dedication by the best tourism professionals, in our best tourism businesses, that have been recognised for providing such outstanding customer experiences. I look forward to seeing our winners go on to represent the South East on the national stage at the Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2014.”
Peter Colling, Managing Director of TSE added: “What a brilliant night and reminder to everyone that the South East is home to some of the country’s very best tourism businesses and experiences.”
For more information about Beaulieu, please visit www.beaulieu.co.uk