2017 BRISTOL, BATH & SOMERSET TOURISM AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRY
STOP PRESS: Industry workshops launched to give possible entrants additional feedback and help. Details and online booking below:
This year’s Somerset, Bath and Bristol Tourism Awards are now open - and businesses are invited to enter by the deadline of midnight on 16th June.
After a record year, in which the inaugural awards scheme for Somerset exceeded all expectations and the South West's awards schemes attracted 605 entries with over 135 winners, the 2017/18 awards have been launched and hospitality businesses across Bristol, Bath and Somerset are invited to enter.
2017 builds on the success of the past as well as seeing a few changes. There is a new Guided Tour category for tours on land and water, new awards for Spa and Wellbeing, Active and Sporting Experience and Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experience. There are also criteria changes for Hotels, Holiday Parks and Visitor Information Service. Other categories include Glamping, Self Catering, Dog Friendly, Access and Inclusivity, B&Bs, Cafes, Pubs, Restaurants, B&Bs, Attractions, Business Tourism, Customer Service, Sustainable Tourism and Events and Festivals.
The Awards launch follows just days after the South West's success in the final event of the 2016/17 awards when there were 6 winners from the South West among the national VisitEngland finalists - more than from any other region. Congratulations goes to the Roman Baths on being a Finalist.
Feedback from 2016 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 additional workshops being held for entrants.
Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Airport and Headline sponsors of the Awards, said “the South West of the UK has so much to offer tourists, and the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards showcase some of the very best venues, attractions and experiences. Bristol Airport is a convenient gateway for the growing number of visitors to our region and we expect to welcome record numbers in 2017. We are proud to sponsor these Awards for the second year running.”
Co-organiser of the awards Nell Barrington said “last year saw a wide range of entries from across Bath, Bristol and Somerset and this year we are hoping for even more as we have several new categories. The awards are free and are a great opportunity to celebrate the brilliance of this county and its tourism businesses."
The deadline for entering is midnight on 16th June, but businesses are encouraged to start preparing now. Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback.
To enter see the How to Enter
Please also follow our Twitter account at @BBSTourismAwards as well as the more established @SWTourismAwards
For more information please contact Nell Barrington email@example.com, 07968807022.
- 2017 Tourism Awards launching soon Posted: 21st April 2017
- Congratulations to all those businesses who went on to win at the South West Tourism Awards Posted: 9th February 2017
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