Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 20:30

The Eden Project in Cornwall has won the Best UK Leisure Attraction category at the British Travel Awards for the second year running, after scooping the prestigious prize in 2011.

Eden was one of seven destinations to have been short-listed for the award, which is voted for by the public. A panel of industry professionals narrowed down the nominations to create the short-list and the winning entries were decided by a public vote.

The award took place tonight (1 November) at Battersea Evolution, in London.

Ian Williams, Operations Director at Eden said: "We are really proud and humbled to have won Best UK Leisure Attraction for two consecutive years.

"In the face of stiff competition, and in a very challenging economic climate, it's simply fantastic to think the public loves us enough to vote for us. We thank them loads and look forward to welcoming them back in 2013."

Lorraine Barnes Burton, British Travel Awards' Chief Executive said: "This year more than one million votes were cast by consumers to determine the winners of the coveted British Travel Awards. The Awards were created to reward travel companies, with the winning accolade being the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer.  The Eden Project is to be congratulated on their achievement."

The British Travel Awards are the largest of their kind in the UK and are considered the Oscars of the holiday industry. The categories cover 75 types of holiday experiences, including destinations, accommodation and customer care.

Other nominees in the category included Legoland, Windsor, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Madame Tussauds, London, Minack Theatre, Cornwall, Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth and Vinopolis, London.