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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR NEW TOURISM AWARDS FOR BRISTOL, BATH & SOMERSET

Businesses from all over Somerset, Bristol and Bath have been busy entering these new Tourism Awards, launched to help raise the profile of the area and recognise its top operators.

The awards include 20 different categories, reflecting the diversity of the region’s tourism industry.  Entrants went through a 3-stage judging process, taking into account websites, reviews, social media and a widespread programme of mystery visits by industry experts. All evidence was then presented to a judging panel.

Finalists will now have to wait until the Awards ceremony at the Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House Hotel near Congresbury on 19th October to find out whether they have won Gold, Silver or a Bronze award.

Robert Sinclair from headline sponsors Bristol Airport, says “The West Country is blessed with fantastic tourist attractions. Creating a positive first impression for visitors is at the heart of our brand and a key consideration in the designs of current terminal developments. The West’s world-class tourism offer is also a key factor in attracting new routes and airlines to Bristol Airport. For all these reasons, we are delighted to sponsor these awards and wish all entrants the best of luck.”

John Hirst, Chief Executive of Destination Bristol said “we are very pleased to be involved with the regional awards and look forward to a very special awards evening.  We would like to congratulate all the finalists and send our best wishes for the next stages of the awards process.  In this region we have an abundance of potential winners which is a credit to all involved.''

John Turner, Chief Executive of Visit Somerset, says: "Visit Somerset is delighted to be part of these prestigious awards, finally now many Somerset tourism and leisure businesses are going to get the recognition that they deserve in our wonderful county that we call Somerset.”

David James, Chief Executive of Bath Tourism Plus, commented: "Bath has seen many top award winning businesses in recent years and this new scheme will help many others to gain the recognition they deserve."

The Bristol Bath and Somerset Awards are run by Services for Tourism, who already run tourism awards schemes across Southern England. Co-organiser Nell Barrington says: “We’re absolutely delighted that so many high quality businesses have entered into this new scheme and I am really looking forward to celebrating with them all on awards night.”

Successful businesses in the Awards will automatically be considered for matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 with the chance to go on to represent Bristol, Bath and Somerset at the National VisitEngland Awards later in the year.

Finalists can now book their tickets for the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards Dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House Hotel near Congresbury on 19th October.  Find out more about this exciting evening here.

If you have any queries please contact us awards@somersettourismawards.org.uk.  Follow us @BBSTourismAward.

Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards 2016

Title Sponsors - Bristol Airport, www.bristolairport.co.uk

Finalists and Highly Commended winners in alphabetical order

Access & Inclusivity Award – sponsored by Purple Cloud, www.purplecloudconsultancy.co.uk

Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Highly Commended – The Old Cider House, Nether Stowey - www.theoldciderhouse.co.uk

Café/Tearoom of the Year – sponsored by Hale Events, www.hale-events.com

Highly Commended – Dr Fox’s Tearooms, Weston Super Mare - www.drfoxtearooms.co.uk

Camping and Caravanning of the Year - sponsored by Hoseasons, www.hoseasons.co.uk

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

Glamping Business of the Year – sponsored by Aztec Media, www.aztec4design.com

Highly Commended – Somerset Yurts, Taunton - www.somersetyurts.co.uk

Holiday Park of the Year – sponsored by Hoseasons, www.hoseasons.co.uk

International Visitor Experience Award – sponsored by A Head for PR, www.aheadforpr.co.uk

Large Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Clockwork, www.clock-work.co.uk

Highly Commended:

Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Chard – www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk

Double Tree by Hilton, Cadbury House, Congresbury – www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk

The Abbey Hotel, Bath – www.abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

The Castle at Taunton, Taunton – www.the-castle-hotel.com

Large Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Take One Media, www.takeonemedia.co.uk

Highly Commended - Puxton Park, Weston Super Mare, www.puxton.co.uk

Restaurant/Bistro of the Year

Highly Commended:

Aqua, Bath – www.aqua.com

Princes Street Social, Bristol – www.princestreetsocial.com

The Scallop Shell, Bath - www.thescallopshell.co.uk

Self Catering Award – sponsored by Quality in Tourism, www.qualityintourism.com

Highly Commended – Wall Eden Farm Holidays and Adventure Activities, Highbridge - www.walledenfarm.co.uk

Small Attraction of the Year

Small Hotel/Boutique Accommodation of the Year – sponsored by Shopper Anonymous, www.shopperanonymous.co.uk

Highly Commended – The Bower Inn, Bridgwater - www.thebowerinn.co.uk

Sustainable Tourism Award – sponsored by Triodos Bank, www.triodos.co.uk

Highly Commended – Holiday Resort Unity/Brean Leisure Park, Brean Sands – www.hru.co.uk

Tourism Event and Festival of the Year – sponsored by GWR, www.gwr.com

Tourism Experience of the Year – sponsored by Warners, www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk

Tourist Information Service of the Year

Tourism Pub of the Year - sponsored by Albion Brewing Company, www.albionbrewing.co.uk

Unsung Hero Award for Customer Service – sponsored by South West Water Business Services, www.swwbusiness.co.uk

To be announced on the night

Venue and Business Tourism Award – sponsored by Christie & Co, www.christie.com

Highly Commended, Best Western Plus Swan Hotel - www.swanhotelwells.co.uk

Winner of Winners

To be announced on the night