A total of 17 South East tourism businesses have been awarded Gold at the Beautiful South’s Awards for Excellence 2012-2013 held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey.

The Beautiful South Awards are now in their 22nd year and recognise businesses and destinations across the tourism industry for their exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards.


The winners were announced by hosts Ken Robinson CBE, Chairman, Tourism South East (TSE) and guest radio presenter for Heart FM, Toby Anstis.  Gold winners from across the South East include Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire, Thanet Visitor Information Service in Kent and The Feathered Nest Country Inn in Oxfordshire.

Peter Colling, Managing Director of TSE said: "Our industry’s commitment to providing the best possible customer experience is outstanding. 


"The Award winners are truly the best-in-class and we look forward to seeing them on the national stage at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013.’

"The current economic climate continues to present many challenges for the tourism industry - however, the standards achieved by our Award winners this year show their determination to provide their visitors and guests with memorable and outstanding experiences."