South Somerset Visitor Information Centre wins Gold at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2020-2021
The South Somerset Visitor Information Centre has been named as the Gold award winner for Visitor Information Service of the Year in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2020-2021 during a virtual awards ceremony.
It comes as the centre was also named as a finalist in the Visitor Information Service of the Year category at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards which will be announced on April 22.
The South Somerset Visitor Information Centre provides visitors with professional advice and a gift shop at the popular Cartgate picnic site on the busy A303 - a perfect setting for an introduction to Somerset and the West Country.
The wealth of attractions, activities and beautiful countryside, as well as excellent accommodation and events provides many opportunities for the professional and knowledgeable staff to promote South Somerset and Somerset as a unique destination. The Centre also provides information on the West Country and UK in general to support those visiting from across the UK and overseas. The dedicated team also supports the local community by promoting events, selling tickets and stocking a range of locally produced goods.
Bev Stapp, the Centre Supervisor, said: “The Tourism Team was absolutely thrilled to win the Gold award and also to be named as a finalist in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards . After such a busy and successful year in 2019-2020, who could have envisaged what was in store for 2020-21? We are really looking forward to re-opening the Centre when restrictions allow (currently April 12) to enable us to welcome back visitors to this beautiful area and support our local businesses.
Becky Cotterill, Tourism Officer, said, “It has been an exceptionally difficult 12 months for our tourism businesses but, when circumstances allow, South Somerset is in a great position to benefit from the expected increase in staycations. With our superb open spaces, active holiday options and raft of attractions I look forward to welcoming visitors as soon as it is safe to do so.”
In addition to the Gold for the South Somerset Visitor Centre, the Sparkford based campsite, Long Hazel Park won Gold in the Camping and Holiday Park category. Esme’s Escape was also awarded Gold for Glamping business of the year plus Silver for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism. This luxurious land-girl inspired Shepherd’s Hut is a fabulous example of some of the exciting accommodation now on offer locally. South Somerset-based Nick White, from the Wassail Theatre was acknowledged as an unsung hero for his work in promoting culture across Somerset.
South Somerset Tourism was also proud to sponsor the important Accessible and Inclusive Award this year which was won by Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.
Katy Menday, South Somerset District Council’s Leisure and Recreation Manager, said “Visit South Somerset is delighted to be have been so closely involved with this year’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. Seeing the amazing efforts and quality across all sectors of the industry gives us inspiration and also great hope for this coming season.”