AWARDS RECORDS SMASHED AFTER EARLY LAUNCH
Entries to the Tourism Awards have been broken again with 737 entries already received from across the South West and 133 from Bristol, Bath and Somerset.
The news follows a period of major changes for the awards with new websites, shorter and online entry forms and a launch to industry nearly two months earlier than in the past. It also follows the organisers’ recent success in achieving a Gold accolade in the Awards Trustmark scheme, the only winner of this accolade in South West England.
Entry numbers are expected to grow further, with entry into the Customer Service Superstar and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism / Tourism Leadership Award categories remaining open to judge nominations during the summer.
Organiser of the awards Nell Barrington said: “there have been many changes to the awards entry process this year and we are really pleased with response from businesses across the county."
"A huge thank you goes to our many sponsors who fund the year-round programme, including headline sponsor NFU Mutual. They and other sponsors will be benefiting from record visits to the awards websites, totalling over 114,000 page views over the past year.”
Darren Seward from NFU Mutual Clifton & Wrington says "as specialists in the Hospitality Sector we are proud to be the headline sponsor of the Somerset Tourism Awards having increased our level of participation following our involvement in recent years with the Awards. It is especially pleasing to see a record number of entries in our local area this year and we look forward to meeting as many of the entrants as possible in the coming months."
The awards celebrate excellence in tourism across the South West with linked schemes in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. They aim to promote and reward businesses and individuals in the tourism industry, whatever their sector and size. They are free to enter, independently judged and all entrants receive feedback.
The awards also represent the South West ‘heat’ of the national awards, with many South West winners going on to be nominated to represent the region in the national VisitEngland Awards in June 2020.
Judging will be taking place from now until the autumn, prior to this year’s Tourism Awards event in Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre on 21 November.
Entry is free, the programmes being 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 and here for photos of the ceremony.
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