A well known Isle of Wight event has won a prestigious tourism award.
The 2009 Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which is organised by IW Council, won Silver in the Tourism Event of the Year category at the Tourism ExSEllence Awards.
The awards, held at Wentworth Golf Club on Thursday 22 October, recognises excellence, quality and innovation that has been achieved over the last 18 months, across all sectors of the tourism industry in the South East.
IW Council’s Events team accepted the award from TV personality Gyles Brandreth.
George Brown, Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism said
“I offer my congratulations to the council and its events team on organising what was a hugely successful 2009 Isle of Wight Walking Festival.
“The festival is the UK’s largest and regularly attracts over 20,000 visitors and is no stranger to winning prestigious awards.
“Not only did the Walking Festival win an award, there were six other award winners from the Isle of Wight on the day.
“This demonstrates to me that when it comes to tourism, the Island is getting some excellent recognition”
A full list of all the winners, including the other Isle of Wight winners, can be found at www.getdiscovered2009.co.uk/2009-finalists.asp or visit Island Pulse article updated here http://www.islandpulse.co.uk/b2/isle-of-wight-businesses-reach-tourism-exsellence-shortlist-2009/
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