Silver and bronze for Fal River amid Cornwall success at British Travel Awards 2012

From 2 November 2012

British Travel Awards 2012 winners announced with a silver and bronze for Fal River alongside great success for Cornwall.

Fal River Cornwall has scooped a silver and bronze award at the 2012 British Travel Awards.

The winners were announced last night and Fal River was awarded Silver for the Best UK Waterways/Lakes Boat Operator and Bronze for the Best UK Coastal Town, with the Fal River encompassing Falmouth, St Mawes and Truro.

Fal River Cornwall operates under Cornwall Ferries Limited and the King Harry Steamship Company who run a fleet of classic ferries including the King Harry Ferry, St Mawes Ferry, Enterprise Boats, Smugglers Ferry, Place Ferry and the Falmouth Park & Float.

These boat trips and river cruises have become a 'must-do' for visitors to Cornwall and also provide vital transport links for the local community. The boats travel between Falmouth, Truro and St Mawes, across the stunning Carrick Roads and along the beautiful Fal River.

The Fal River team are the brains behind the hugely successful Fal Mussel Card and Fal Mussel Card Plus - travel and attraction passes that utilise the award-winning Fal River Links network.

Fantastic recognition

Alongside this the Fal River marketing team work with more than 300 different organisations to promote their part of Cornwall through a series of guide books, a destination website, social media and the Fal River Visitor Information Centre in Falmouth.

They also run and coordinate the the Fal River Festival in May and the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival in October and November.

Cornwall Ferries Managing Director, Tim Light, said: 'It's fantastic to be recognised at the leading awards for tourism in the UK for the work we do.

'From our ferry crew to our visitor information staff, we have a passionate, dedicated and committed team delivering outstanding results in our area of the industry.

'We work in partnership and collaboration with a range of different organisations and together we hope promote the Fal River as one of the UK's premier destinations which in turn leads to a healthy boost across all areas of the local economy.'

Cornish success

Cornwall was by far and away the most successful area of the UK at the 2012 British Travel Awards. The Duchy was named Best UK Holiday County or Region, beating off competition from the north in the form of the Lake District and Yorkshire.

St Ives won the Gold award for Best UK Coastal Town, the Eden Project, a Fal River Partner, was named the Best UK Attraction and the Minack Theatre took the Bronze for the Best UK Heritage Attraction.

Visit Cornwall were top of the podium for the Best UK Visitor Guide Website for their new site which was launched earlier this year.

Helpful Holidays, another one of Fal River's Partners, took a well deserved Silver in the Best UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company.

Tim added: 'Well done Cornwall. The county is full of remarkable people doing remarkable things and these awards are a great recognition of that work and the people behind it.'

Full list of British Travel Awards winners >