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South Somerset TIC reaches final of Visitor Information Service of the Year for second year running

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After success in 2018-19, our South Somerset Tourism team have, once again, been selected as finalists for Visitor Information Service of the Year in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2019-20.

South Somerset Visitor Information Centre provides visitors with professional advice and a gift shop at the popular picnic site on the busy A303 - a perfect setting for an introduction to Somerset and the West Country. 

The wealth of attractions, activities and beautiful countryside, as well as excellent accommodation and events, provide many opportunities for the professional and knowledgeable staff to promote South Somerset and Somerset as a unique destination. The Centre also provides information on the West Country and UK in general to support those visiting from across the UK and overseas. The dedicated team also supports the local community by promoting events, selling tickets and stocking a range of locally produced goods.

Bev Stapp, the Centre Supervisor, said, “Announcing the finalists has been delayed many times due to Covid, but the wait has been worth it for such fantastic news. After such a busy and successful year in 2019-2020 who could have envisaged what was in store for 2020-21, but the team are busy working behind the scenes to ensure the Information Centre and gift shop will be well stocked and poised to support visitors to the area as soon as the lockdown is lifted.”

John Clark, portfolio holder for Economic Development, said, “It has been an exceptionally difficult 12 months for our tourism businesses, but when circumstances allow South Somerset is in a great position to benefit from the expected increase in staycations. With our superb open spaces, active holiday options and raft of attractions I look forward to welcoming visitors as soon as it is safe to do so. I know that our Tourism team are working hard behind the scenes to create new webpages that will capture all that is special about our destination and look forward to visitors benefitting from this new resource, helping them to explore, later this year.

“I am delighted that two South Somerset businesses have also been named as finalists. Esme’s Escape are finalists in both the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award and the Glamping Category, while Long Hazel Park are finalists for Camping and Holiday Park of the Year. Best of luck to both of these businesses.”

Awards organiser, Nell Barrington, added: “It is an understatement to say that the past year has been challenging for the tourism and hospitality industry with many finding themselves in truly desperate situations.  We hope that the announcement of this year’s finalists will bring some welcome good news.  The judges identified so many businesses who despite the circumstances have innovated, adapted and even reinvented themselves showing true excellence.”

South Somerset Tourism are proud to be sponsoring the important Accessible and Inclusive Award at this year’s event. 

The team will discover if they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze at the online Awards Day on 18 March 2021.

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