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Finalists announced for the 2018 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards

Finalists announced for the 2018 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards

This year’s awards, sponsored by Bristol Airport, saw records broken, with a 30% increase in entries over the previous year.  They have now been shortlisted to 84 finalists from Bath, Bristol and across Somerset to Exmoor with an additional 18 Highly Commended awarded.

The businesses had twenty eight categories to choose from including two special awards for The Age UK Somerset Age Friendly Tourism Business and The Bob Smart Learning Experience of the Year.  They were all judged by a panel of experts who were looking for evidence not just of ‘good’ but of ‘excellence’  

The finalists will have to wait until the Tourism Awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel, Bath on Thursday 15th November to find out whether they will win Bronze, Silver or Gold.  The awards will be hosted by Laura Rawlings, BBC Radio Bristol, and Phil de Glanville, former Bath rugby captain, with guest speaker Giles Adams, from What’s On Somerset. 

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, from headline sponsor Bristol Airport said “the high number and quality of entries shows the strength of the visitor economy in Bristol, Bath and Somerset. It also makes the achievement of these fantastic finalists even more special. It is no surprise that thousands of overseas tourists visit the West of England every year. We are proud to be the gateway region for this wonderful part of the world.”

Nell Barrington, awards organiser, said “I am thrilled that so many businesses have taken the time to enter and look forward to celebrating with them in November.  The awards really showcase the diversity of the tourism offering in this area and it is great to give recognition to those businesses that truly go above and beyond to ensure visitors have a great time.”

For a complete list of finalists click here.

The awards are funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback. Click HERE to see a short video from last year's Awards event.

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