With entries now closed organisers have announced a record year for entries into the Tourism Awards across the South West, supported by headline sponsors SWW Business, Hoseasons, Bristol Airport and Saffery Champness.
This year’s awards have attracted 645 entries, 6% more than in 2016. This includes 180 into the Cornwall awards, 111 into the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Awards, 123 into the Dorset awards and 205 into the Devon Tourism Awards.
All entries are now undergoing a three-stage judging process, starting with examination of entry forms and digital activities, followed by visits from mystery visitors and ending with decisions taken by independent panels. Finalists will begin to be announced in late September with awards events throughout November, the South West finale in February and the national VisitEngland awards in April.
Awards organiser Robin Barker said: “We work hard each year to develop the awards to keep them relevant to the fast-changing world of tourism and are always delighted when our efforts are rewarded with increased entries.
“One of our aims is for the South West to maintain its position as England’s top region for quality, winning more awards than any other region in the national VisitEngland awards; we have achieved this for the last five years and with the quality of this year’s entrants will be endeavouring to do so again.”
Richard Stanbrook, Director of South West Water Business, said: “South West Water Business is fully committed to the prosperity of the tourism industry and helping businesses maximise their potential, with long-term sustainability at their heart. From Bristol to Newquay, it’s clear to see the tourism industry in the South West is flourishing, so we’re thrilled to be supporting the Tourism Awards once more. With so much hard work, innovation and determination being invested in the region, we eagerly anticipate the standard of entries this year to be higher than ever and look forward to celebrating another fantastic year for South West businesses.”
Full information on the Awards, including event dates can be found here and the following county award websites:
Bristol, Bath & Somerset – www.somersettourismawards.org.uk
Cornwall Tourism Awards – www.cornwalltourismawards.org.uk
Devon Tourism Awards – www.devontourismawards.org.uk
Dorset Tourism Awards – www.dorsettourismawards.org.uk
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