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This year’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards are now open for entry - and businesses are invited to enter by the deadline of midnight on 22nd May.

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. There are four workshops organised to date, please click on the links below for more details.

30 Apr 2018 - The American Museum, Bath

3 May 2018 - Screech Owl Sanctuary Cornwall

10 May 2018 - The Barn, Westward Living, Devon

16 May 2018 - Larkbeare Grange, near Exeter

A workshop is being planned in Dorset, more details coming soon.

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.”

The deadline for entering the awards is midnight on 22nd May, but businesses are encouraged to start preparing now as judging in some categories may start straightaway.  Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback.

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

Many thanks go to our sponsors:

Headline Sponsor - Bristol Airport - www.bristolairport.co.uk

Category Sponsors & Partners

Christie & Co - www.christie.com

Clarks Village - www.clarksvillage.co.uk

Clockwork Marketing -www.clock-work.co.uk

Hoseasons - www.hoseasons.co.uk

Porter Dodson - www.porterdodson.co.uk

Purecomms - www.purecomms.co.uk

Purple Cloud Consultancy - www.purplecloudconsultancy.com

Quality in Tourism - www.qualityintourism.com

Source for Business - www.sourceforbusiness.co.uk

VisitBath - www.visitbath.co.uk

VisitBristol - www.visitbristol.co.uk

VisitExmoor - www.visit-exmoor.co.uk

VisitSomerset - www.visitsomerset.co.uk

What's On Somerset   www.whatsonsomerset.com