The Search is on for “Best in Class” Tourism businesses of 2016/17

Tourism South East is seeking the very best tourism businesses in the South East with the launch of its Beautiful South Awards 2016/17. Backed once again by headline sponsor, Shepherd Neame, the Awards cover a range of categories from hotels to visitor attractions and from restaurants to holiday parks.

There are more categories to enter this year including specific awards for the increasingly popular Glamping, Best Restaurant/Bistro, Café/Tearoom and the Top Dog-Friendly business. The hotel category has also been split into Coastal and Countryside Hotel, Boutique/Small Hotel and Town/ City Hotel of the Year and a new category introduced for single self catering properties.

Previous winners of the Awards not only celebrate being the best but also benefit from the feedback from the judges, improved staff pride and motivation and a raised profile that comes with being a finalist.

The Beautiful South Awards are also the route through to Visit England’s National Tourism Excellence Awards which in 2016 saw a record year for South East businesses winning three Golds, one Silver, one Bronze and four Highly Commended awards.

The Beautiful South Awards 2016/17 will culminate in a prestigious celebration dinner at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton on the 24th November, 2016. 

In launching the Awards, Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of headline sponsor Shepherd Neame, said, “Shepherd Neame is delighted to continue supporting the Beautiful South Awards, and helping to celebrate the South East’s vibrant tourism industry. South East businesses enjoyed great success in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence this year and we hope that our continued support for the Beautiful South Awards in 2016 will see that trend continue.’

Ken Robinson CBE, Chairman of Tourism South East, said, ‘’In tourism, like any other business, quality counts and the best businesses make their own success. Our performance in the National Awards this year showed that the South East has tourism businesses that can compete on a national and international level. We know our most successful businesses inspire others and that’s why we run the Beautiful South Awards each year. With more categories in 2016/17, we are hoping for a record number of entries.’’

The Awards are now open for entry and TSE is encouraging businesses to start their application at the earliest opportunity.  Entry forms can be downloaded from   and must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 10th June 2016. 


Notes to Editors:

The Beautiful South Awards

The Beautiful South Awards is a Tourism South East event. TSE specifies and oversees the category criteria but judging is undertaken by independent industry experts.  Administration of the Awards is conducted for TSE by Services for Tourism. Services for Tourism has an excellent track-record of delivering this and other regional award programmes.

Beautiful South Awards Contact:

Nell Barrington, Services for Tourism,  E:  T: 07968807022

Tourism South East

Tourism South East is a leading membership-based tourism organisation and provider of tourism services operating across South East England, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey the Isle of Wight, The New Forest and Kent.   TSE partners with local tourism businesses and destinations, providing services and expertise to support their performance and growth. For images or more information about Tourism South East, its destinations, members or events, please contact:

Tourism South East Contact

Rowena Moore, Destination PR Manager, 023 8062 5400,

Beautiful South Awards Categories:

  1. Access and Inclusivity Award
  2. Bed and Breakfast/Guest House of the Year
  3. Café/Tearoom of the Year
  4. Coastal/Countryside Hotel of the Year
  5. Customer Service Superstar
  6. Dog Friendly Business of the Year
  7. Glamping Business of the Year
  8. Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  9. Restaurant/Bistro of the Year
  10. Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
  11. Self Catering Property of the Year
  12. Small Hotel/Boutique Accommodation of the Year
  13. Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
  14. Sustainable Tourism Award
  15. Touring, Camping and/or Holiday Park/Village of the Year
  16. Tourism Event of the Year
  17. Tourism Experience of the Year
  18. Tourism Pub of the Year
  19. Town and City Centre Hotel of the Year
  20. Venue and Business Tourism Award
  21. Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Sponsorship partners:

Headline Sponsor

Shepherd Neame

Coastal/Countryside Hotel of the Year

Shopper Anonymous

Customer Service Superstar

Welcome to Excellence

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Take One Media

Restaurant/Bistro of the Year

Spitfire Gold

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Quality in

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Studio Republic

Sustainable Tourism Award

Triodos Bank

Touring, Camping and/or Holiday Park/Village of the Year


Tourism Pub

Great Country Pubs

Venue and Business Tourism Award

Visit Brighton

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Tourism Network

Sponsorship opportunities still exist – for information please contact Robin Barker, Services for Tourism, or 07870 397438