Airbourne in the running for top tourism award

Red Arrows at Airbourne by Martin Cooper SUS-150209-123307001

Red Arrows at Airbourne by Martin Cooper SUS-150209-123307001

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Airbourne, the town’s Tourist Information Centre and the Farm @ Friday Street pub have all been praised in the 2015/2016 Beautiful South Awards.

Airbourne is a finalist in the Tourism Event of the Year category, the TIC is a finalist in the Visitor Information Provider of the Year category and the Farm @ Friday Street has been highly commended in the Tourism Pub of the Year Category.

The competition to win this coveted accolade, run by Tourism South East, is as fierce as ever this year with more than 120 entries in 16 categories.

The 62 finalists will discover whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze at the Awards Celebration on December 2 at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.

Winners of a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award will be invited to represent the South East in their respective categories at the National VisitEngland Awards in 2016.

Nigel Smith, chief executive of Tourism South East, said, “It’s been an exceptional year for Beautiful South Award entries and great to see so many from businesses that haven’t previously entered.

“It is a reminder of the fantastic range and quality of tourism businesses in the South East which are more than a match for any in the UK. Some are truly world class.

“The judges have again had the unenviable and difficult task of deciding which of these businesses deserve to be recognised as the best of the best.

“I understand that some very fine businesses narrowly missed the cut.”

Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Headline Sponsor Shepherd Neame, added, “We are pleased to sponsor the Beautiful South Awards once again, in recognition of businesses who have achieved outstanding commitment to quality, innovation and service in the tourism industry.

“We have a diverse estate of 338 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, along with an award-winning Visitor Centre, so we are aware of the crucial role tourism plays not only in our business but for the South East economy as a whole.”

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