Attractions strike gold at tourism awards

Hampshire Chronicle: The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu

HAMPSHIRE tourism chiefs swept the board at a top awards ceremony – with two businesses from the same village among those winning gold.

Victors at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2013 included the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, and the nearby Montagu Arms, which was named best small hotel of the year.

Hoburne Bashley at New Milton also walked away with one of the main prizes.

The motor museum won gold in the access for all section while its International Autojumble was crowned tourism event of the year.

Beaulieu’s commercial director, Stephen Munn, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive these accolades and are very proud to be recognised for the attraction’s accessibility, which is something we’ve tried to improve upon in recent years.”

Hoburne Bashley also struck gold, winning the top caravan holiday park and holiday village of the year awards.

Hoburne’s chairman, Rosie Kennar, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news and richly deserved by our superb Bashley team.”

The Montagu Arms’ award was the latest in a series of titles won by the popular watering hole.

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa in nearby Brockenhurst was highly commended in the business tourism section, while head concierge Colin Parkes secured silver in the outstanding customer service category.

James Hiley-Jones, group operations director at both hotels, said: “We’re always delighted to be nominated and recognised at prestigious events.

“The gold award for the Montagu Arms recognises the continued hard work and dedication of the entire team involved.”

Mr Hiley-Jones also praised Mr Parkes’s passion and commitment to outstanding customer service.

He said: “His award is a fantastic accolade and something he’s immensely proud of.

“And for Careys Manor to be recognised for the second year running in the business tourism category really goes to show the impressive offering available to corporate guests in the area.”

The awards were presented at a gala dinner hosted by Ken Robinson, chairman of Tourism South East.

He said: “It’s great to see such excellence rewarded. These awards represent the culmination of hard work and dedication by the best tourism professionals.”

Mr Robinson was joined by travel writer Alison Rice and more than 300 other guests at the Felbridge Hotel in West Sussex.

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