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We’ve been shortlisted as a finalist for Tourism Excellence Awards

Looe Music Festival has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Tourism Event & Festival of the Year category at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

We’ve been recognised for our commitment to excellence within the South West tourism industry and is amongst finalists from, Devon, Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The festival was put forward for the South West Tourism Excellence Awards after winning gold at the Cornwall Tourism Awards earlier this month.

“Being shortlisted for our investment in excellence and recognised for the quality of our visitor offering is fantastic. It is a huge accolade for Looe Music Festival and we’re proud to be showcasing Cornwall amongst the best within the South West. At a time when Cornwall has just been crowned as the UK’s best holiday destination for the 8th year in a row at the British Travel Awards it’s a really exciting time to be contributing to the county’s tourism industry,” says Tanya Brittain, Event Director and Charity Trustee.

The 2016 event helped to significantly boost the local economy with an estimated consumer spend of £3.46m during the week of the event*. The annual music festival was also championed by BBC Music as the only festival in Cornwall to be supported by the BBC’s UK festival experience. Now firmly on the festival calendar, Looe Music Festival is a tourism magnet for the picturesque fishing port of Looe that’s going from strength to strength.

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who manage the Awards, commented: “Tourism is one of biggest and fastest growing industries in the world and is at the heart of the South West economy.  Recent research has proved that investing in tourism reaps a greater economic return than virtually every other industry, not to mention contributing to the unique assets and quality of life of this fantastic region.  I pay tribute to all this year’s Finalists for being ‘beacons’ for the region and demonstrating just what tourism can do.”

The Awards saw a record number of entries this year reflecting the importance of the tourism industry and will be presented at a black tie dinner in Bristol on 2nd February 2017. They are also the official scheme for the South West, with most finalists nominated for the national VisitEngland awards in April 2017.