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17.10.03
2003 Cornwall Tourism Awards

The Cornwall Tourist Board is delighted to announce that the TV and radio presenter Noel Edmonds will be the official host for the 2003 Cornwall Tourism Awards which take place on 25th November at the Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel.

Entries for the awards this year have doubled from the inaugural event last year which saw Trebah Garden near Falmouth, recipient of investment from the Objective One Programme, win Winners of Winners at the gala event attended by representatives from across the industry. This year, four new categories have been added to the list of fifteen awards - Best Tourism Website, Green Tourism Initiative, Pub of the Year and Cornish Distinctiveness.

Over 500 award nominations have come from visitors to Cornwall via the Cornwall Tourist Board website as well as through self nomination from the attractions, accommodation providers, transport operators and eating places of Cornwall. The judges, who have been tasked with shortlisting the 2003 finalists, have praised the high quality of this year's entries which have made the final decisions very difficult. The final results will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner where Mr Edmonds will present the trophies to the winners. The Cornwall Tourism Awards have rapidly become the tourist industry event of the year and tickets for this year's event have already sold out.

Vince Falco of the Cornwall Tourist Board said: "I am delighted that Noel Edmonds will be hosting proceedings. His strong connections to the Westcountry and support for the tourism industry made him a firm choice to make the evening very special."

During a 30 year career with the BBC, Noel Edmonds presented some of the Corporation's highest rating entertainment shows. For an unprecedented 17 years, his television shows dominated schedules on Saturday nights. His presentation and production credits include Top of the Pops, Top Gear, Juke Box Jury, The Late Late Breakfast Show, Saturday Roadshow, Telly Addicts, Telly Years, the BAFTA's, the Brit Awards, Noel's House Party and the launch of the National Lottery.

Mr Edmonds said: "I believe that my love for the Westcountry and in particular my commitment to its economic well-being are well known. Whilst I am keen to see new commercial opportunities exploited throughout the Southwest, I do recognise the enormous significance of our tourism industry. In the past few years the Southwest has shed its traditional 'bucket and spade' image and emerged as a destination of first choice for discerning tourists. Much of the credit for these advances must lie within Cornwall and I very much look forward to contributing to an evening which will recognise those who are at the very forefront of the Cornish tourist industry."

For further information on the Cornwall Tourism Awards, contact Vince Falco on 01872 322881, or e-mail: vince.falco@cornwallenterprise.co.uk

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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