FORGET Margate — the best UK seaside town of 2017 was Bournemouth.
The Dorset resort was crowned the winner, followed by Bude in Cornwall and Brighton in East Sussex at this year’s British Travel Awards.
Just under 360,000 individuals enrolled votes in the competition, which judges all from the very best leisure attractions and car hire companies to the very best budget hotels.
You will find 145 categories but Sun Online Travel has chosen the best of the categories, the full listing is available here.
In UK tourism, the Lost Gardens of Heligan was voted Best UK leisure appeal.
The renovated 19th century-style botanical gardens in Cornwall people the opportunity to observe a number of the country’s rarer species within their natural habitats.
The Ideal heritage appeal in the UK was across the sea from Northern Ireland — The Giant’s Causeway, followed by Edinburgh Castle and Longleat safari park.
The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, as the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.
The best UK county for holidays was Cornwall — which has also enjoyed a boost as a result of the significant number of Brits opting for a staycation this year.
As it came into popular hotel brands, the Premier Inn bagged the nomination to the best economy hotel group, while the Very Best posh brand was that the Dorchester Collection along with the Ideal midscale was
Hilton Hotels and Resorts.
A SELECTION OF WINNERS FROM THE BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS
Best UK family holiday/holiday parks operator: Parkdean Resorts
Finest UK luxury hotel brand: Dorchester collection
Best UK upscale hotel brand: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Finest UK midscale hotel brand: Coast & Country Hotels
Best UK economy hotel brand: Premier Inn
Best UK leisure attraction: The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Finest UK heritage appeal: Giant’s Causeway (National Trust)
Best UK vacation county or region: Cornwall
Best UK seaside town: Bournemouth
Best large family vacation company: Haven
Best medium family vacation company: Emirates Holidays
Best little family vacation company: Sailing Holidays
Best activity/sports holiday company overall: Sailing Holidays Ltd
Best large activity/sports holiday company: Neilson Active Holidays
Best little activity/sports holiday company: Mark Warner Holidays
Best large ski and winter vacation company: Crystal Ski Holidays
Best medium ski and winter vacation company: Mark Warner Holidays
Best little ski and winter vacation company: Snowbizz
Best large coach vacation company: Shearings
Best medium trainer vacation company: Leger Holidays
Best little coach vacation company: Back Roads Touring
Best large camping and mobile vacation company: Parkdean Resorts
Best medium camping and portable vacation company: Canvas Vacations
Best little camping and mobile vacation company: Venue Holidays
Best large independent traveling agency: Flight Centre
Best family escape line: P&O Cruises
Best international economy hotel brand: ibis Hotels
Best holiday add-ons provider: Attraction Tickets Direct
Best car hire provider: Avis
Best European airline: British Airways
There were also a lot of categories for holidays abroad.
Canvas holidays bagged the award for Best medium camping and mobile vacation company, Parkdean Resorts won the massive part and Venue Holidays came first in the little section.
Meanwhile, Mark Warner among the name of Best medium ski and winter vacation company, Crystal Ski Holidays won the massive part and Snowbizz won the little section.
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The Very Best Airline awards watched British Airways win Best European Airline, Virgin Atlantic win Best Westbound Longhaul Airline, and Best Eastbound Longhaul Airline going to Etihad Airways.
From airplanes to cars, Avis had been a winner in the Best Car Hire Provider group, together with the Very Best Airport Parking Company going to APH (Airport Parking & Hotels) for its eighth year running, and 9-year champions, P and O Ferries nabbing Finest Ferry Booking Website and Best Ferry/Mini Cruise Operator.