Quoted from the Herald Express today.
HOLIDAYMAKERS have voted for Torquay as one of the top seaside resorts in the country, with a survey by Which? Holiday magazine rating it seventh most popular.
Guesthouse landlady Jacqui Blenkinsopp, recently voted an 'AA Friendliest Landlady', celebrated with an ice cream at the Babbacombe Festival.
She said: "I'm thrilled that we are in the top ten. It is no surprise. We have wonderful beaches, amazing scenery, and the best hospitality that anyone could wish for."
She said tourism in the Bay, under a new strategy, would go from strength to strength.
"We may be seventh this year — but watch this space. We are going to get bigger and better," she said.
More than 4,000 holidaymakers voted Torquay above St Ives, Skegness and Great Yarmouth.
Others were Whitby, Bournemouth, Scarborough and Newquay.
The survey also showed that 40 per cent of UK adults took a trip to the seaside in 2009, and that this figure was set to increase this year.
As many as 20 per cent said they would be more likely to visit a UK seaside resort in 2010 than in 2009.
Rochelle Turner, head of research for Which? Holiday, said: "Millions of Brits will be taking holidays at home this year, and it's certainly one way to ensure that you don't fall victim to volcanic ash."