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2018/19 TOURISM AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED EXCEPT FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPERSTAR AND EVENTS AND FESTIVALS WHICH CLOSE ON 22 AUGUST

If you have any queries please email awards@services4tourism.co.uk

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.

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. 

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

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

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