Award-winning B&B couple named Visit Devon Tourism Leaders
Multi-award winning B&B owners Andy and Julian Banner-Price, who run The 25 Boutique B&B in Torquay, were named Tourism Leaders at a recent awards ceremony.
The annual Visit Devon Awards took place online earlier this year due to Covid, with an in-person ceremony held last week to present the awards.
Two surprise prizes were announced during the evening, the Winner of Winners and the Tourism Business Leader Award.
Robin Barker, organizer of the awards, said: “The jury wanted to reward a company acting as a leader in tourism.
“The 25 is not only excellent, but one that has served as an example in guiding others to excellence. It is led by two exceptional people who are already multiple winners.”
Co-owner of The 25 Andy said: “We couldn’t believe it, we certainly didn’t expect to walk away with two awards, having already won gold for best B&B in Devon.
“We care passionately about the hospitality industry, not just here on the English Riviera, but across Devon as well. We hope we have proven what is possible and that even the smallest company can be world class.
Her husband Julian added: “It is nice to be recognized not only for the success of our own business, but also for how we have helped put the region on the map.
“We are very supportive of other bay businesses on our website and social media. By all working together, we can attract even more visitors and success for everyone as the number one resort in the country.
Andy said: “I have helped and supported many businesses over the past few years and now I am turning this into more formal online training and consultancy.
“We have over 15 years of experience running award-winning five-star accommodation, but we always believe it is a process of continuous improvement. We will never have a finished product.
The other special prize was the winner of winners, given to The Bear Town in Cullompton, which had already won two gold medals for new tourism businesses and small tourist attractions, as well as a bronze medal for accessible tourism and inclusive.
The party at another award-winning business, Quince Honey Farm in South Molton, was also able to celebrate the three Devon businesses that have been announced as finalists for the national Visit England awards of which The 25 is one, along with Brightham House B&B and Cottages from Pitt Farm vacation.
They will have to wait until the national awards ceremony on June 8 at the Library of Birmingham to find out if they win gold, silver or bronze.
Deborah Heather, of Quality in Tourism main sponsors, said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the Devon Tourism evening which resulted in the presentation of the two additional awards, extremely well deserved by both, congratulations. “