The Beautiful South Tourism Awards 2018/19

On Wednesday 5th December, the South East’s best tourism businesses celebrated success at The Beautiful South Awards 2018/19. The awards, hosted at the Grand Hotel Brighton, saw 74 businesses and tourism professionals receive trophies for their hard work and achievements in the industry.


Run by Tourism South East and in partnership with Services for Tourism Ltd, The Beautiful South Awards not only recognise achievements in the tourism industry, but they help to drive the ambitions of businesses throughout the area – encouraging them to evolve and improve.

Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said: “Achieving excellence isn’t easy – it takes vision, years of commitment and a lot of hard work from talented people. All of the finalists have these qualities in abundance. They can be proud of what they have achieved and the example they are setting for others. I was blown away by the sheer quality of tourism businesses we have got in the South East and how their numbers are increasing every year. Many of the winners are truly world class.”

Nigel added: “I am extremely grateful to the sponsors and voluntary judges who make the Awards possible. Once again, our headline sponsor, the Grand Brighton, pulled out all the stops to make the Awards a very special end of year celebration.”


Jazz on The Pantiles was nominated in the ‘Tourism Event/Festival of the Year’ category at The Beautiful South Awards. Jazz on The Pantiles is a hugely popular event that runs from May to September each year on the bandstand in the centre of The Pantiles.

The free-to-attend Thursday night shows, begin at 7pm and have showcased an array of local, national and international talent over time.

Performers include The Skatonics, The Fontanas, Spice Fusion, Derek Nash, Lipstick & Beatniks, The Vince Dunn Orchestra, Project 5 and many more.

Members of The Pantiles’ management and events team went along to the awards night in hope of success. They weren’t disappointed! Jazz on The Pantiles secured a silver award in its category.

“We are thrilled that Jazz on the Pantiles has been recognised and honoured as one of south of England’s best events and it is testament to the hard work and efforts of the event team. The Pantiles is a truly unique retail and leisure destination and Jazz on the Pantiles has become a very important piece of our enlivenment programme. We are already planning next year’s Jazz season and we will be looking at ways in which we can make this event even better. We look forward to welcoming new and old visitors back to the, now, award winning Jazz on the Pantiles event in 2019.”

– Targetfollow, managing agents for The Pantiles

The Pantiles’ social media followers were also quick to comment on the news;

Shauna Neath: “Congratulations to all involved – we only discovered you this year but, trust me, we will be back every year going forward.”

Michelle Pitkin: “Fabulous news and well deserved. We’re lucky to have Jazz on the Pantiles!”

Nicky Blanchard: “What a fantastic achievement – well done all!”

To keep updated on 2019’s Jazz on The Pantiles season, be sure to keep an eye on the events page on