At the Beautiful South Awards held earlier this month in Southampton to celebrate the cream of the region’s tourism industry, the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival won the coveted Highly Commended award for Tourism Event of the Year.
“The Awards are run by Tourism South East to recognise excellence in the tourism industry with the aim to raise standards in quality, innovation and customer service. We are delighted that the Seafood and Wine Festival has been highly commended for Tourism Event of the Year; it’s gone from strength to strength since it started in 2006” said Cllr Kim Forward, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for marketing and tourism.
She added: “The event has grown over the years and offers delicious foodie treats made with locally sourced produce to celebrate the local fishing industry, wine and beer and great entertainment from bands and musicians from the area. Our thanks and congratulations must go to Rosie Leech, festival organiser and her team for their continued efforts that have made this event the success it is today”.
Winners have the opportunity to represent the South East in VisitEngland’s national Tourism Excellence Awards which take place in April 2017.