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2018/19 BRISTOL, BATH AND SOMERSET TOURISM AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRY

STOP PRESS – Deadline for entry extended to Midnight on 5 June (or 22 August for selected categories). With half term looming for many, alongside the pressures of meeting the deadline for GDPR compliance, we have responded to requests for more time and have extended the deadline for entry into this year’s awards.  Existing entrants may wish to use the time to review or further hone their entries. 

This year’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards are now open for entry - and businesses are invited to enter by the extended deadline of midnight on 5 June.

Workshops are being held across the region to assist tourism businesses who wish to enter and more details and booking can be found here:

After a record year in which the region’s tourism awards schemes attracted 647 entries, the 2018/19 awards have been launched and hospitality businesses across Bristol, Bath and Somerset are invited to enter.

2018 sees several changes, reflecting the constantly changing nature of tourism. There is a new category for Tourism Innovation and New Business and the former Sustainable Tourism category has been widened to look at additional areas such as employment and use of plastics.  To mark local charity Age UK Somerset's 70th Anniversary, this year there will be a special Age Friendly Tourism Business Award to recognise and celebrate tourism businesses (attractions, experiences, cafes, restaurants) who have considered the needs of older visitors and go out of their way to create a positive experience for those in later life. Entries can be by self nomination and nominations will also be invited from members of the public.  The winner will be decided by public votes. To find out about other criteria changes, click here.

The Awards launch follows just days after the announcement of the area’s success in the final event of the 2017/18 awards when the following Bristol, Bath and Somerset entrants were announced as finalists in the national VisitEngland awards:

Hotel of the Year - Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa lucknampark.co.uk
Inbound Tourism Award - The Roman Baths & Pump Room romanbaths.co.uk
Inclusive Tourism Award - The Roman Baths & Pump Room romanbaths.co.uk
Taste of England Award - Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park lucknampark.co.uk
Dog Friendly Business of the Year - Salad Days dunsterbeachhut.com            

A survey of 2017/18 awards entrants has been used to further develop and refine the awards process, with entrants highlighting that their main reason for taking part was to help raise the quality of their businesses and for the free feedback provided. This has led to a programme of ‘Tourism Excellence’ workshops, helping businesses move to yet higher levels and giving them the best chances of awards success. Please click on the links below for more details.

23 May 2018 - Highlands End Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset

24 May 2018 - HRU - Brean Leisure

Bristol Airport’s Business Development Director, Nigel Scott, Headline Sponsor says: “Bristol Airport is proud to continue its association with the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards as headline sponsor for the third year running.  More than one million overseas passengers use Bristol Airport every year, supporting employment and economic prosperity in our region, so we understand the importance of a strong tourism sector. The Awards showcase everything that goes towards making this part of the world such a great place to visit – amazing attractions, memorable experiences, welcoming accommodation and mouth-watering local food. I look forward to paying tribute to even more examples of ‘the best of the West’ in this year’s Awards.”

Organiser of the awards Nell Barrington says: “Feedback from last year’s entrants tells us that the Awards are increasing in their relevance.  We are really looking forward to receiving entries from tourism business that are offering visitors an exceptional standard of service and an outstanding, memorable experience.”

Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback. The extended deadline for entering the awards is midnight on 5 June for all categories except Customer Service Superstar and Tourism Events and Festivals which close on 22 August; in a change to previous years we are asking businesses that wish to enter Events and Festivals to register now at awards@services4tourism.co.uk.

If you have any queries about the awards please contact us - awards@services4tourism.co.uk.