The Isle of Wight is celebrating a medal flurry this morning (Thursday), after winning big at the Beautiful South Awards.
The ceremony, dubbed ‘the tourism Oscars’, recognised the Island for offering some of the best experiences in the South East.
The glitzy night, organised by Tourism South East, saw Tom’s Eco Lodge waltz away with
gold for Glamping Business of the Year, while sister business East Afton
Farmhouse take the top prize for Self Catering Accommodation of the Year.
Tapnell Farm’s Tom Turney said:
“It’s an incredible year we’ve had, another incredible year. It’s testament to all
the amazing work that everyone’s done, so everyone at the farm deserves all the
accolades and all the respect that we’ve got tonight.
‘We’re just a very small element of all the other bits that are going on, there’s so
many other great places in the West Wight, on the wider Isle of Wight. I think the
Isle of Wight is the place to be, not just now, but for the next five to ten years.”
Whitecliff Bay won silver in the Camping and Caravanning and Holiday
Park/Village of the Year.
Guest Experience manager Fiona Hamilton said:
“We’re absolutely thrilled to bits to win the awards. It’s a massive achievement
for everybody at Whitecliff Bay, for everybody at Away Resorts and for tourism
on the Isle of Wight.”
Visit Isle of Wight’s Visitor Information Centre took home bronze in the Visitor Information Service of the Year category.
MD Will Myles said:
“It’s absolutely amazing! The fact that Whitecliff Bay, East Afton Farmhouse,
Tom’s Eco Lodges and the visitor information service for the Island are all there,
looking for awards and getting awards is just amazing for the Island. To be the
best you’ve got to be with the best, and we’re up there with the big boys!”
“There’s a huge PR machine behind the Beautiful South Awards and behind our
own activities here on the Island and off the Island, so it brings a huge PR value
to people who can actually say ‘we’re the best, we’re gold, silver, bronze within
that category’ and they can use on their website, they can use it to promote
themselves it’s a great thing for people to have.”