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Best Venue & Business Tourism Press Release – 2 Feb 2018

After striking gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards earlier in the year, The Italian Villa went on to proudly represent Dorset at the annual South West Tourism Awards, winning the Silver award for Best Venue & Business Tourism. The multi award-winning venue was put through a gruelling 3-stage judging process, including mystery visits. The judges congratulated The Italian Villa for excelling through the various stages of judging. Particularly impressed by the sheer number of people they bring to the region from across the UK and abroad. The Italian Villa host many events, including weddings, corporate, and private events.

Hosted by BBC news presenter, Victoria Graham, the illustrious ceremony took place at the Riviera International Centre on Thursday, 1st February. Benjamin Mee, inspirational owner of Dartmoor Zoo delivered the opening address. The night celebrated the very best tourism businesses from across the South West. Trophies were handed to 123 winners from across the region – whittled down from a record 647 entries this year.


Best Venue & Business Tourism Silver Award

Winners of Best Venue & Business Tourism Silver Award

Commenting on the win, Tony Beales, Managing Director of The Italian Villa:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Silver Award for Best Venue & Business Tourism. 2018 is looking likely to be our best year in business yet. Our fantastic team has worked incredibly hard to get us here – making this award even more valuable to us. I believe this is a testament to the incredible team we have at The Italian Villa. I would like to thank everyone who has made winning this award possible.”

Robin Barker of Services for Tourism, who manages the awards programme, added:

There’s little more gratifying in life than knowing you’re making a positive difference. The feedback we received from businesses tells us the awards do just that. So I offer very many thanks to all concerned – the sponsors, judges and entrants. You bring so much to an industry that is right at the heart of this region.

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