Published: 28 October 2015

Surrey student takes gold at South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards

A student at the University of Surrey has taken gold for Best Tourism Event of the Year at this year’s South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards.

Harry Bower, an International Event Management undergraduate student at the University of Surrey, is chair of BrixFest – an annual family festival held in Brixham, Devon.

The three-day festival, which celebrates Brixham’s heritage and community spirit, was awarded Best Tourism Event of the Year at the Herald Express South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards on 15 October 2015.

BrixFest is an opportunity for local businesses and members of the community to come together and create something special for the people of Brixham. 

The festival features live music, heritage craft exhibitions, crabbing competitions and fireworks, amongst other family friendly entertainment.

BrixFest claimed victory, despite tough competition, and the English Riviera’s brightest stars of the tourism industry were out in full force for the awards ceremony at The Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey in Torbay.

The evening proved to be an excellent opportunity for networking and a wonderful celebration of Harry Bower and BrixFest’s success.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Tourism Event of the Year Gold Award for our efforts in 2015!" commented Mr Bower. He added that "the hard work, dedication, in-kind support and sponsorship from local businesses is all absolutely vital to the continuation of such a vibrant and exciting community festival, and this award clearly demonstrates the appreciation that exists within the local area for such an event and its supporters."

The University of Surrey’s hospitality, event management and tourism courses were ranked first in the Guardian University League 2016.

Learn more about our courses in hospitality, events, tourism and transport.

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