Cornwall crowned best holiday county once more

Cornwall has been crowned best UK holiday county for the fourth year in a row at this year's British Travel Awards.

The awards not only saw Cornwall walk away with best county - but best attraction for The Eden Project, best coastal town (for St Ives) and best website, for VisitCornwall.

Over a million votes were taken into consideration, making the British Travel Awards 'the largest and most definitive reference for consumer opinion on UK travel industry performance', according to

Clearly delighted with the venue's performance, Ian Williams, operations director at the Eden Project, said: "We are really proud and humbled to have won best UK leisure attraction for two consecutive years.

"In the face of stiff competition, and in a very challenging economic climate, it's simply fantastic to think the public loves us enough to vote for us. We thank them loads and look forward to welcoming them back in 2013," he said, cited by

Meanwhile, Joan Symons, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Tourism, Culture and Leisure, said that the awards mean the world to the county because they are decided for by the visitors themselves. Ms Symons says the accolades have set up Cornwall's holiday season perfectly for 2013 - no matter whether people are camping in Cornwall, staying in hotels or holiday homes.

"These amazing award titles are all the more credible because they are from the people that count," she said.

There are more than 70 categories in the British Travel Awards overall; covering a diverse range of topics across the holiday spectrum, from best hotel, flight and car hire operators to best travel information suppliers/publishers.