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2018/19 SOUTH WEST TOURISM AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRY

STOP PRESS – Deadline for entry extended to Midnight on 5 June (or 22 August for selected categories). With half term looming for many, alongside the pressures of meeting the deadline for GDPR compliance, we have responded to requests for more time and have extended the deadline for entry into this year’s awards.  Existing entrants may wish to use the time to review or further hone their entries. 

This year’s South West Tourism Awards are now open for entry - and businesses are invited to enter by the extended deadline of midnight on 5 June.

After a record year in which the region’s tourism awards schemes attracted 647 entries, the 2018/19 awards have been launched and hospitality businesses across South West are invited to enter.

The Awards cover the whole South West, including Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Businesses in Cornwall, Dorset and Devon and Bristol, Bath and Somerset should enter those schemes.  They are all independent, but linked in that winners from the county awards are fast-tracked into the South West awards, with most South West winners submitted to the national VisitEngland awards. 

2018 sees several changes, reflecting the constantly changing nature of tourism.  There is a new category for Tourism Innovation and New Business, the former Sustainable Tourism category has been widened to look at additional areas such as employment and use of plastics, and there are many criteria changes. The single biggest change is the earlier launch date, responding to industry requests, giving businesses two months to get their entries in.

The Awards launch follows just days after the announcement of the area’s success in the final event of the 2017/18 awards when fifteen South West entrants were announced as finalists in the national VisitEngland awards:

Hotel of the Year - Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa lucknampark.co.uk
Inbound Tourism Award and Inclusive Tourism Award - The Roman Baths & Pump Room romanbaths.co.uk
Taste of England Award - Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park  lucknampark.co.uk
Dog Friendly Business of the Year - Salad Days dunsterbeachhut.com
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Moors Valley Country Park & Forest moors-valley.co.uk
New Tourism Business Award - Loose Reins loosereins.co.uk
Bed & Breakfast of the Year - The 25 Boutique B&B the25.uk/
Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year - Cary Arms & Spa caryarms.co.uk
Dog Friendly Business of the Year - Bulleigh Barton Manor bulleighbartonmanor.co.uk
Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year - The Milkshed themilkshed-devon.com
Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year - Gwel an Mor Resort gwelanmor.com
Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year - Polmanter Touring Park polmanter.co.uk
Inclusive Tourism Award - Mylor Sailing School mylorsailingschool.co.uk
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Screech Owl Sanctuary screechowlsanctuary.co.uk
Business Tourism Award - Tewkesbury Park tewkesburypark.co.uk

A survey of 2017/18 awards entrants has been used to further develop and refine the awards process, with entrants highlighting that their main reason for taking part was to help raise the quality of their businesses and for the free feedback provided. This has led to a programme of ‘Tourism Excellence’ workshops, helping businesses move to yet higher levels and giving them the best chances of awards success. Please click on the links below for more details.

23 May 2018 - Highlands End Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset

24 May 2018 - HRU - Brean Leisure, Somerset

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. The extended deadline for entering the awards is midnight on 5 June for all categories except Customer Service Superstar and Tourism Events and Festivals which close on 22 August; in a change to previous years we are asking businesses that wish to enter Events and Festivals to register now at awards@services4tourism.co.uk.

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

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