Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards

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Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards

Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards

The county is on a bit of a roll at the moment. Last year it was named by National Geographic Magazine as having the second best coastline. Not in Wales, not in Britain, not even in Europe. No, the magazine said in the whole world. Which must have buoyed the 570
members that make up a group called Pembrokeshire Tourism. Especially since the county had done so well in the National Tourism Awards as well.

This group is an association of local attractions, accommodation providers and tourism providers. It isn’t a tourist authority or a quasi government agency tasked with promoting Pembrokeshire. It is the providers themselves and is the sort of body that might emerge in England in the wake of the government’s comments last week.

Last week, to lead into British Tourism week, Pembrokeshire Tourism held its annual tourism awards. And with that huge number of members you can imagine that it was a hotly contested affair. Yet the winner and completing a hat trick in the Best Day Out category was Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Although the name sounds as though it is owned by the nation, in fact only 1% is publically owned so getting agreement from landowners and tenants to achieve and manage the area must be a challenge at some stages. Nonetheless, the Park has achieved that so successfully that it has achieved its third award in a row.

The Best Event was the Narberth Food Festival, one of many food shows that have grown up in the county over the years and which may peak – it’s a matter of opinion here – in Pembrokeshire Fish Week. The Best Marketing was won by Celtic Coast Coasteering and the Best Team was Trefloyne Manor. There is even an award for Best Pembrokeshire Breakfast and that was won by the Fishguard located Cefn-y-Dre Country House. Best Eating Out Experience was the Stackpole Inn which has a number of awards to its name. It was another Fishguard entry, Priskilly Forest Country House, that won Best Serviced Accommodation and Trellyn Woodland Camping won Best Holiday Park. For non-serviced accommodation the award went to Clydey Cottages in Boncath and the Best Sustainable Tourism Business was won by Asheston Eco Barns.

Tourism needs to continually change and grow to attract us to visit it. So Pembrokeshire Tourism have an award for Best New Business and that was won by Pembrokeshire Paragliding

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