Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:15

The Eden Project won gold and silver awards at the Cornwall Tourism Awards in Newquay last night (Thursday).

Eden won gold in the Large Attraction of the Year category, with silver going to Trebah Garden near Falmouth and bronze to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth.

Eden’s silver award was in the Sustainable Tourism category, where Railholiday Ltd from Saltash won gold. Bronze went to The Pandora Inn in Mylor, near Falmouth.

Now in their fourteenth year, the awards saw an increase to 24 categories, reflecting the ever-increasing diversity of the industry, as well as seeing an increase by 18 per cent to 172 entries from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The ceremony at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, saw guest appearances by Rosamund Barteau, daughter of Poldark author Winston Graham, and Cornish-born comedian Rory McGrath.

Gordon Seabright, Managing Director of Eden, said: “We’re very proud to receive these awards. We were nominated alongside some terrific attractions and businesses and the strength of the nominees and winners across the board highlight the dynamism and diversity of Cornish tourism.

“We’d like to congratulate everyone who was nominated and thank the organisers and sponsors for putting on a fantastic ceremony once again.”

Other winners included Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, picking up gold awards for Access and Inclusivity, and Holiday Park and Village as well as the prestigious Winner of Winners award.

Another double-winner was Railholiday Ltd, taking home golds for Sustainable Tourism and Wildlife Friendly. There was also a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism for Pat Smith of Bosinver Farm Holidays.

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “What an incredible achievement for so many deserving tourism businesses. To win a Cornwall Tourism Award takes dedication, hard-work and a 360 degree commitment to excellence across the business. Each and every one of the winning businesses should be proud of their trophies and the vital part they play in Cornwall’s success as a leading visitor destination. It is thanks to businesses such as those recognised by the Cornwall Tourism Awards that Cornwall is synonymous with quality.”

The winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards will now represent Cornwall in the South West Tourism Awards and, if successful, go through to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016.