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We have already logged 600 entries into this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards – including entries into the county schemes in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset - meaning we are anticipating another tough summer of excellence judging!

There are 3 categories with a later deadline of 22nd August and we’d encourage you to consider an additional entry into one or more of these – especially those which are open to all business types.  They are:

  • Customer Service Superstar award, which recognises individuals or teams that regularly go above & beyond, offering exceptional service to visitors
  • The Tourism Event & Festival award, for events and festivals that attract visitors to the area and enhance their stay
  • Outstanding Contribution to Tourism, for an individual, group or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in the area

In Cornwall and Dorset there is a further category still open for entry with the 22nd August deadline:

  • International/Inbound Visitor Experience of the Year - All sectors of the tourism industry should apply if they can demonstrate that they deliver an outstanding experience for visitors from overseas (eg Attractions, Hotels, Parks etc)

If you have already entered any of the above, please feel free to revise your entry if you wish at any time before the deadline.

Richard Stanbrook, Director, South West Water Business, headline sponsors says We’re thrilled to be announcing the launch of the South West Tourism Awards for 2019.  We’ve been sponsors and judges for over 10 years and feel privileged to be involved again this year.  Good luck to the ever expanding number of entrants for these desirable awards.  We continue to work alongside the vital and vibrant industry of tourism which is key to the South West’s economy and communities and is one of our most important customer sectors.”

Organiser of the awards Robin Barker says “Feedback from last year’s entrants tells us that the Awards are increasing in their relevance and our suggestions for the future met with an enthusiastic response.  We are therefore making a few changes this year, with several new venues, a new category, and a series of Excellence workshops designed to help businesses achieve yet greater success.  We love working with the region’s most ambitious tourism businesses and are look forward to another record-breaking year.”

Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback. 

Click HERE to see VIDEO from the last South West Awards night in February 2018

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

Twitter: @SWTourism Awards - hashtag #SWTAwards

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