The Goodwood Estate has been chosen as a finalist in two tourist business categories for the 2019/20 Beautiful South Awards.

The prestigious awards – organised by Tourism South East – recognise achievement for businesses and professionals in the tourism industry over the last 18 months. The Goodwood Hotel is one of three properties shortlisted for Large Hotel of the Year and the Goodwood Estate is one of four finalists in the Business Events Venue of the Year category.

Andrew Coggings, Goodwood Entertaining and Hospitality Managing Director, commented; “It is a real honour for the Goodwood Estate to have been recognised in this year’s prestigious Beautiful South Awards as finalists in not just one, but two categories. It is a testament to the hard work of the team across the estate and at The Goodwood Hotel.”

This year saw a 40 per cent increase in the number of entries for the awards. Goodwood’s estate and hotel were picked from the applicants and mystery shopped by expert independent judges.

Goodwood will learn whether it is celebrating a gold, silver or bronze award at the much-anticipated awards ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, on the 10thDecember, hosted by Simon Calder, travel journalist and broadcaster.

Mark Smith, chairman of Tourism South East, commented; “Every year I’m blown away by the sheer quality of the businesses that enter the Beautiful South Awards. It’s a reminder that tourism businesses in the South East are a match for any in the country and some are truly world class. This year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever making it extremely tough for the judges. The margins in some categories were extremely fine. I am really looking forward to celebrating with the best of the best at the Awards night in December.”

The winners of the Large Hotel of the Year and Business Events Venue of the Year will be invited to represent the South East in the National Visit England Awards, which take place early in 2020.