South West Tourism Awards honour Julian Gray, SWCPA Director and the Coast Path with Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award

SWCPA Director, Julian Gray, was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award at the recent South West Tourism Awards  at Exeter University’s Great Hall for the role he has played in helping to put the South West Coast Path centre stage as one of the region’s most important tourism and environmental assets over the last six years.   

He also took to the stage to explain more to the hundreds of award winning tourism businesses about the current threats to the Path and teamed up with  Polar Explorer, Anne Daniels who spoke about the inspirational benefits of the Path for physical and mental strength.  As the first women ever to reach the North and South Pole, Anne took on the entire South West Coast Path during lockdown when her Polar expedition was cancelled. 

Julian, who was caught completely by surprise by the award comments, “ I’ve been able to make a contribution by working in partnership.  The South West Coast Path is an amazing collaboration of volunteers, businesses and organisations delivering a world-class experience on our doorstep. Thanks to everyone who makes this possible, including the SWCPA team, and helps to create the opportunity and inspiration for people to explore and enjoy the South West. 

SWCPA Trustee, Hilary Dinsdale, presented the Gold award for Best Visitor Information Centre to Swanage Information Centre  – one of our many amazing Way Maker TICs who act as stamping points across the Path. 

Other award winning Way Maker tourism businesses who came up trumps on the night  included Bossington Hall Luxury B & B and Seaton Tramway.  

Congratulations to all the tourism businesses who welcome the 9 million visitors to the Path each year.  

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Published on: March 22, 2024