AA said Weston has over 30 years’ experience in travel and tourism, both in outbound tour operating (where he founded the award-winning Great Escapes brand), and latterly UK tourism.
In addition, he also founded the B&B Association in 2006 and chairs the UK trade association for b&bs, guesthouses and small independent hotels, as well as being a member of the UK government’s tourism industry council.
Simon Numphud, managing director at AA media, said: “David has been a stalwart champion of bed and breakfasts, and this award acknowledges his work helping to steer the industry and maintaining the high standards we celebrate today.”
Weston added: “Thank you, AA Hospitality, for honouring me with this amazing award. I’m really touched and overwhelmed. It’s been such a difficult year and I’m just pleased that, in a small way, I may have been able to help some of the B&Bs and guest houses that are really the lifeblood of our British tourism sector.”
Other winners at the awards included:
- The Timble Inn, North Yorkshire, awarded ‘friendliest b&b of the year’,
- The Impeccable Pig, County Durham, awarded ‘inn of the year’
- The Hare, Scrawton, awarded ‘restaurant with rooms of the year’.
- Bulleigh Barton Manor, Devon awarded ‘AA guest accommodation of the year’ for England
- Ivybank Lodge, Perth and Kinross won the award for Scotland
- Firgrove Country House, Denbighshire awarded ‘guest accommodation of the year’ for wales