2019 has already been an award-winning year for Kitley House Hotel and we’re delighted that we are now in the running for Gold in this year’s Devon Tourism Awards – in not one but two categories.
Following a meeting of the judging panel last week, Kitley is through to the finals in Wedding Venue of the Year and Business Events Venue of the Year. A fantastic result and a brilliant endorsement of all the hard work put in by the whole team over the last 18 months.
Reaching the finals is an achievement in itself. The Devon Tourism Awards are now in their 10th year and the competition has won a Gold accreditation in the Awards Trustmark scheme, the first in UK tourism, so the standard is high.
This year a record number of entries were received from across Devon, with 88 selected as finalists. Judging has an increased focus on digital presence and evidence. We received visits from two separate judges as part of the selection process.
Simon Nicholls Headline Sponsors BECO Energy has congratulated all the finalists, saying they were “judged for their quality of service as well as their sustainable and ethical credentials”.
Our success in making the shortlist follows a number of other accolades earlier this year. Kitley was named Hidden Gem of the Year in the international awards held by LUX magazine and won Best Venue in the national Event Entertainment Awards.
We know full well that running a successful venue is about much more than chalking up accolades, but it’s lovely to be recognised by our industry peers as an outstanding hospitality provider.
Needless to say, we’re pleased as punch to have been named amongst the best in Devon and eagerly await the Awards Ceremony on 28 November when we’ll learn whether we’ve won a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. What a fantastic way to round off our year!
You can see the full list of finalists under the Winners and Finalists tab at devontourismawards.org.uk