The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a finalist for the Large Visitor Attraction of the year 2018 with the Devon Tourism Awards. The annual competition, now in its 9th year, saw over 164 entries across Devon tourism business with just 78 selected as finalists. Of the finalists, a Gold Silver or Bronze award will be announced at an Awards Ceremony to be held at Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club on 22nd November 2018 and success in the Devon Awards results in entry to the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2019 and possibly invited to represent Devon in the 2019 National VisitEngland Awards, in which Devon has seen increasing success.
Within the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category of the awards, the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is up along two other prestigious and well established tourism giants, Sidmouth’s, Donkey Sanctuary and Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.
Awards organizer Robin Barker of Services for Tourism adds: “We’re delighted to see the ongoing development of the Devon Tourism Awards since we launched them 9 years ago, and to see entrants coming from all parts of this fabulous county. Entrants tell us their prime reason for entering is now the feedback they receive, helping them hone their businesses and service still further, but one thing that doesn’t change is the delight caused by being told you’re a winner. Many congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and highly commended businesses – you’re tourism exemplars!”
Mark Warnes, property and portfolio director at headline sponsors Hoseasons, says: “Every single one of the finalists deserves huge credit for making it this far. Whether they end up winning or not, they should all be incredibly proud of the passion and dedication they put into their businesses. It’s that attention to detail that makes such a difference for customers when they visit and it’s ultimately why they end up coming back for more.”
Rob Newman, Chairman of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway said: ‘This is a first nomination for the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, and something that we are very proud to have achieved. Especially this year which has been particularly difficult due to the snow which closed the railway and isolated the community of Lynton and Lynmouth and our unforeseen early season landslide which temporarily affected our business. Congratulations and good luck to all of the finalists.’
The 25 award categories cover everything from learning experience, spas and glamping to hotels, camping and self catering. A Winner of Winners title and special Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award will also be presented on the night.