Tourism South East announced the finalists of the The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2022/23 on Wednesday 26 October. Thanet’s Visitor Information Service has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Visitor Information Service of the Year’ category.
The awards recognise those visitor information providers who offer an exceptional standard of service and guidance. This year, the judges specifically focussed on visitor information services who showed a commitment to promoting accessible, inclusive, ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism; in addition to reassuring visitors regarding COVID-19.
When choosing the finalists, judges conducted an unannounced visit and also considered how visitor information providers make use of websites and social media to inspire potential visitors.
The Thanet Visitor Information Service is guaranteed, having made the final three, to be awarded either gold, silver or bronze. The final position will be announced on Tuesday 13 December 2022 at a ceremony to take place in Brighton.
Cllr Reece Pugh, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is great news for our Visitor Information Service, and I’m so pleased that the Tourism team’s hard work has been recognised. This is the first time the team has entered the awards since winning gold at regional and national level in 2016, and this accolade recognises their work to rebuild Thanet’s tourism offer post-pandemic, with new initiatives including the online Visitor Ambassador programme. Our ability to welcome and attract visitors to the area plays an important role in the local economy.”
The two other finalists are Eton Information Centre and White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre, Dover.
Visitthanet.co.uk is the official tourism website of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, and it offers prospective visitors a one-stop shop to find full information on accommodation, attractions and events in the area.
You can also follow Visit Thanet on Facebook (@VisitThanet), Twitter (@VisitThanet) and Instagram (@visitthanet).
You can find further information on The Beautiful South Awards and the full list of categories and finalists on their website.