Here is what the 2019 winners said
This year felt extra special as I shared the moment with the guides who are at the very heart of our tours and make each experience so memorable. I am constantly grateful for their enthusiasm and commitment (and we are all still smiling). Maddy, Mad Max Tours, www.madmaxtours.co.uk.
No matter how many times we win at the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Awards after the excitement dies down, we are left with the feeling of how lucky and privileged we are to be in such great Somerset company. With every awards process we complete comes knowledge, which we can take forward to improve our guests experience. Brett and Susan, Salad Days, www.dunsterbeachhut.com.
Being finalists since 2017 in the Bristol Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards has resulted in increased booking year on year. It's great being part of a wider community who support and develops tourism in the South West. Pam & Sue, www.stonebridgefarmcaravanpark.co.uk.
We were thrilled with the gold award for Bath Christmas Market, especially as it is just days before we open for business. This means so much to the team behind it and is a testament for their year round hard work to make a very special 18 days. Kathryn Davis, VisitBath, www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk.
It still hasn’t sunk in, we felt extremely lucky just to be at the awards, so we couldn’t believe it when we won Gold! I think that was pretty obvious with the amount of tears that came with it. We are so proud that our hard work, dedication and love that has been poured into The Blitz has been recognised by such a prestigious Awards body and we couldn’t be any happier. Thank you for giving us this fantastic opportunity and we urge everyone to come and give us a visit! Tamsin, www.theblitz.uk.
Everyone at Brooks is thrilled to receive a silver award and a Bronze award for Brooks Guesthouse Bath and Bristol in the B&B category. We know there is a lot of competition and therefore its great recognition for the team & their hard work all year. Carla, www.brooksguesthouse.com.
The loveliest thing so far about winning the Award have been all of the kind comments from guests, friends, family, villagers, advisors etc, etc who have been part of our 'journey' - we couldn't have done it without them! The experience has been very positive for us and I would certainly recommend entering the Awards - the support from yourself and BBS Tourism Awards throughout the process has been tremendous and we have learnt a lot about ourselves, our business and the industry in the process. As well as meeting some lovely people along the way! Fiona, www.stocklinchshepherdshut.co.uk.
Receiving the silver award for Tourism Innovation was an incredible surprise and privilege. Visit Weston-super-Mare is honoured to have its efforts recognised in this way, and the award has already inspired us with new ways to improve the innovation, diversity and inclusivity of our business. Environmental responsibility and equality were the main themes of our innovative work in 2019, and we’re thrilled that this has been commended by such a prestigious body. Thank you all. Emma, Visit Weston-super-Mare, www.wsm-tc.gov.uk.
It was incredible to be in the room with so many fantastic businesses as an equal, the atmosphere was electric with excitement and anticipation. Karen, www.esmes-escape.co.uk.
The application process is thorough, it takes time to fill in and reflect on the successes the business has achieved over time. It made me smile to realise how much I had achieved and didn’t tell anybody about it. After speaking to a winner from last year who inspired me to enter the awards, I felt I had to shout about Sweet Cumin and tell people I am here in Somerset. the application also highlighted areas where I can make changes and was great advise to be given at the start of the process. With the mystery shopper visit who had come along and experienced a cookery session, made it all very real. The fact that Sweet Cumin won GOLD in the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism awards for Learning Experience of the Year has allowed the cookery school to sit alongside amazing tourist attractions in the region. Having now reached the finals for the South West Tourism awards for Leaning Experience of the Year, it has made Sweet Cumin stand out from the crowd. It has been recognised for its excellence, both as a service and as an experience to book and enjoy whilst visiting the South West. It something different which visitors to the region are now searching for. Bini, www.sweetcumin.co.uk.
If in doubt, why not watch the highlights from the 2019 Awards ceremony to see the winners in action here.
Would you like:
To stand out from the crowd?
A raised profile with the media?
To reward your team and boost morale?
To attract the best staff?
A free mystery shopper report and business feedback?
To raise the quality of your business
To go forward to the South West Tourism Excellence Awards & VisitEngland Awards in 2021
(for applicable categories)?
A cause for celebration?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should consider entering these Tourism Awards.