Pembrokeshire businesses scoop top tourism awards

Western Telegraph: Double success: Cleo Browne, Gareth Chilton and Will Harding of Celtic Quest Coasteering with their two National Tourism Award for Wales accolades. (2792305) Double success: Cleo Browne, Gareth Chilton and Will Harding of Celtic Quest Coasteering with their two National Tourism Award for Wales accolades. (2792305)

Two Pembrokeshire businesses have been rewarded for their outstanding achievements with accolades in the National Tourism Awards for Wales.

St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot has been named as the Best Place to Stay in Wales, whilst local extreme sports company Celtic Quest Coasteering was named Best Visitor Experience in Wales.

Celtic Quest also won the Technology in Tourism award for their use of online marketing and social media to attract visitors from across the world to the region, and was the only business to collect two awards on the night.

St Brides Spa Hotel fought off competition from some of the top hotels in Wales, including The Vale Resort in Glamorgan and Bodysgallen Hall in North Wales, to pick up its award.

Managing director, Andrew Evans, said that he and his team were ’absolutely delighted’ to win the award.

He added: “Transforming the hotel has been a huge project. It has been a long process, but we have been fortunate enough to have the continued support from Visit Wales, who were able to visualise our goals and understand our aims from the very start. We could not have come this far without the continued hard work and dedication of our passionate team at the hotel – some of whom have been with us since the very start of the project 13 years ago.”

Celtic Quest Coasteering, based in north Pembrokeshire, was set up in 2009 by Cleo Browne. She and her team of eight instructors now look after up to 100 visitors a day during the summer, offering coasteering experiences for all ages.

Said Cleo: “The team and I are over the moon to have won. Winning this award will further raise the profile of our brand and the adventure activity sector within Wales, and particularly the Pembrokeshire coast.“

The awards are staged by Visit Wales, in partnership with the Wales Tourism Alliance to recognise and reward the very best in Welsh tourism.

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