Coronavirus Update - 23rd March 2020
Coronavirus and its impact on people’s lives and livelihoods is impacting on us all, with guidance and government instructions changing by the hour.
Our recommendations are to follow government advice closely, as well as follow guidance from your DMO, trade body and VisitBritain. The top priority for everyone must clearly be people’s lives – your own, your family’s, your staff, visitors and community – and we don’t want to distract anyone from this. Business owners and leaders will also be working flat out to secure the future of their businesses and staff.
We don’t want to deflect anyone from these top priorities. The tourism awards will remain open ‘in background’ – and for any staff working at home keen to be focusing on the future we will continue to welcome entries. We have already extended the entry deadline by a month to 31 May, and may extend again as necessary to reflect the changing situation. We are also working with partners and colleagues to plan contingencies for judging, events, feedback etc.
One things that’s already clear is that numerous individuals and businesses are showing great leadership and innovation. Huge congratulations and thanks to them all. It may well be that this year sees even greater recognition of this.
Our own team – all working from home – will continue to be available to talk with tourism contacts and help as best we can from afar, making maximum use of video and phone technology. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
Keep safe and good luck
TOURISM AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRY
The 2020/21 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards are open for entry and businesses are encouraged to start your submissions without delay.
Last year’s entrants summed up the benefits of entering the awards as increasing bookings, generating PR, helping with staff morale, retention and recruitment as well as getting free feedback on how their business could be improved. Watch the short video here to see what they say.
The awards are free to enter as they are supported by many sponsors. Clare Bushby, Managing Director of headline sponsors Clockwork Marketing says: “At Clockwork Marketing we’ve boosted hospitality bookings for 25 years, throughout the South West, and we’re proud to be headline sponsors of the Bristol, Bath, and Somerset Tourism Awards. What excites us, is helping hospitality businesses continue to thrive, both urban and rural, in one of the most historically rich and beautiful parts of our country. Here’s to the future.”
Awards organiser Nell Barrington says: ““Businesses have eight weeks to enter this years awards and I really hope that all those great businesses across Bristol, Bath and Somerset will take this opportunity to enter. Having spoken to last years winners it was great to hear what a positive change winning an award can bring. To help everyone submit their best entry we are running a series of workshops across the South West and I look forward to seeing many businesses there. Details can be found here.”
All entries must be submitted online by THE EXTENDED DEADLINE OF 31 MAY but as Easter is coming up it is recommended that businesses get them in as soon as possible. (The deadline has been extended in the light of the current Coronavirus crisis, with all plans under constant review).