And the winner is . . . ?
The Corn Exchange at Brighton’s Dome is the venue for this year’s 2010 Enjoy England Awards For Excellence. The finalists have just been revealed, and the event takes place on April 23, to mark St. George’s Day. Competition in the various categories is exceptionally strong, and a large number of entries are in for the Sustainable Tourism Award.
Last year “Staycations” (holidays spent “at home” in the UK rather than overseas) were big news. There are a number of reasons to holiday closer to home – economising on the cost of travelling internationally, the convenience of driving or letting the train take the strain rather than heading off to an airport. Britain has no shortage of beauty spots to rival its European neighbours. There’s Cornwall, The Lake District, The Peak District, The Scottish Highlands, The Northumberland Coast – everyone has their favourite and the list is a long one.
Some travel experts are even going as far as predicting that if global warming continues, British holidays will rise in popularity – all we need, it seems, is a bit more sun, because inspiring beaches, scenic landscapes and historic villages are all on our doorstep!
Short British breaks tend to be popular with timeshare members looking for a quick pick-me-up in between holidays, or to celebrate something special like a family reunion or a wedding anniversary.
The judges were impressed with the huge, continued investment made by tourism businesses across all categories in spite of the recession. These finalists demonstrate how successful that commitment to quality has been.
RCI’s sister company Holiday Cottages has a large selection of holiday homes in the UK, over 60,000 properties in total, covering Britain, Ireland, Spain, France and other locations. Among its 30 brands are such well known names as Blakes, English Country Cottages and Country Holidays, so whether it’s a wedding, anniversary or any excuse to get away for a few days, finding the right place to stay is easy.
Winners of the Enjoy England Awards For Excellence 2010 will be picked from a number of categories, including The Taste of England Award, Sustainable Tourism, Best Large Hotel, Best Small Hotel, Best Tourism Attraction and Self-Catering Holiday of the Year.
Lady Cobham, Chairman of VisitEngland.com has praised the overall standard of entries, saying, “The judges were impressed with the huge, continued investment made by tourism businesses across all categories in spite of the recession. These finalists demonstrate how successful that commitment to quality has been.”
All will be revealed on April 23, but until then, Britain has good reason to be proud of its tourist industry. Overseas visitors continue to flock to the British Isles each year, to try our quaint countryside pubs, see London’s legendary landmarks or trace the footsteps of music legends like the Beatles.