Cofton Holidays, the multi award-winning holiday park near Dawlish, South Devon, has been shortlisted in six categories across two major hospitality and tourism awards.
The family-run business is through to the final round of both Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2018 and the Herald Express South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2018.
This year’s Visit Devon Tourism Awards, which is now in its 9th year, saw a record 164 entries. Shortlisted in the Responsible Ethical and Sustainable Tourism, and Holiday Park and Village of the Year categories, Cofton Holidays will now proceed to the final, with winners being announced at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 22nd November in Umberleigh.
Robin Barker of Services for Tourism, Visit Devon Awards Organiser, commented: “We’re delighted to see the ongoing development of the Devon Tourism Awards since we launched them nine 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!”
Cofton Holidays has been shortlisted in four categories in the Herald Express South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2018, which is more than any other business in the final. The award-winning holiday park is in the running for Dog Friendly Business, Serviced Accommodation and Sustainable Tourism and Tourism Event of the Year. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 29th November.
Tourism Event of the Year will be decide by a public vote with Cofton’s annual Classic American Car Show firmly in the running. This year’s show was a great success as Cofton welcomed over 2,000 people on site over the weekend, all keen to see American classics, hot rods and muscle cars in all their glory, head to the Herald Express website now to cast your vote!
Having previously made it to the finals of the Visit Devon 2017 awards where it won Silver, Helen Scott, Director of Cofton Holidays, is hopeful of Cofton’s chances:
“Cofton’s success in being shortlisted in a number of categories for both the Visit Devon and Herald Express tourism awards is a huge honour for us. We’ve had an extremely busy year at Cofton Holidays, welcoming back returning customers and saying hello to new faces. The fantastic weather has brought with it incredible footfall and the team have been extremely busy throughout the season.”
Helen continued: “We are delighted to learn that our hard work has paid off and we look forward to attending the award ceremonies in November. Through the passion of our team, investment in our facilities and services, and the desire to go the extra mile, we aim to fly the flag for Devon and our region.”
Cofton Holidays is a multi-award-winning holiday park located close to the Exe Estuary and the seaside town of Teignmouth where 2017 film The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachael Weisz, was filmed. Cofton’s facilities include a heated indoor pool with a splash pad area and hydrotherapy loungers, a gym, restaurant, pub, steam room, sauna, fitness studio, soft play area, playground, sports wall, outdoor pools and much more. Guests also have access to five coarse fishing lakes, miles of cycle paths and nature trails that take visitors through woodland to the golden sands of Dawlish Warren beach and nature reserve.
Free kids’ clubs take place each day throughout the school holidays, from Easter through to the October Half Term. Other free activities on site include the new £50,000 Woodland Adventure Area which features a 25m zip line, a climbing cage, rope ladders, balance beam, balance lines and scramble nets.