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The finalists for 2016's Cornwall Tourism Awards have been announced, with Encounter Cornwall, guided canoe and kayak trips along the River Fowey, based near our Golant hotel, was one of the finalists in the Wildlife Friendly Tourism Business category.

explore the River Fowey with Encounter Cornwall near our Golant hotel

The annual competition celebrates the best of Cornwall's tourism industry businesses, and there has been an increase in 25 categories this year, to reflect the increasing diversity of tourism in the Duchy.

There has also been a rise to 195 entries from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with 75 selected as finalists. The awards ceremony will be held next month in Newquay, where finalists will discover if they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

Businesses which are successful in the Cornwall Awards are to be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards held in February, as well as possibly chosen to represent Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the National Visit England Awards from 2016 to 2017.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: "It's great to see the breadth and depth of quality in Cornwall - all the best to all of our finalists on awards night."

The 25 categories cover everything from surf schools, cafes, cooking schools, dog-friendly businesses, large attractions and small attractions.

The finalists named which are close to our Golant hotel include, in addition to Encounter Cornwall, the Eden Project at St Austell, The Lost Gardens of Heligan at St Austell, Lanhydrock National Trust estate at Bodmin, Wild Futures' Monkey Sanctuary at Looe, and the Screech Owl Sanctuary at St Columb Major.

Photo by: Ben Gamble

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