South West Tourism Awards 2019/20
Award Categories

Award Categories

Title Sponsors
Hints & Tips

Hints and Tips

Tourism Awards Workshops
To give entrants the best chance of success, a series of workshops have been laid on across the region, with tickets costing just £40pp.  Information and online booking for these is below:
19 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - New Room Bristol 
20 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - Okehampton YHA, Devon 
21 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - National Trust - Trelissick, Cornwall  
25 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - Model Farm, Perry Green, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset 
28 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset 
29 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - Dartmoor National Park Authority 


We are delighted to announce that this years tourism awards are now open earlier than ever before, to give entrants time to complete their forms before the season starts in earnest. 

This year’s awards see brand new websites, new shorter entry forms and a new online entry process. You can download practice entry forms here so that you and your teams can draft your answers but the final version must be submitted online here.

There is also an incentive for early entry, intended to encourage submissions between February Half Term and Easter. Our aim is to spread judging over a far longer period than in the past enabling us to plan judging visits when they are best both for entrants and our judges.  

Businesses in Wiltshire & Gloucestershire (except South Gloucestershire) are invited to enter directly into the South West awards, unless they are members of Bristol or Bath or Somerset DMOs in which case they should enter the Bristol, Bath and Somerset awards.If the visitor experience you offer is in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset or Bristol, Bath and Somerset you must enter the respective county awards.  Entrants in these will be automatically considered for the South West awards. 

ENTER BY 29 MARCH – enter early and as long as your entry form scores a minimum of 75% we will guarantee you a judging visit (if entering in a category where we carry out visits).  Past entrants have always told us that they prefer to be judged on ‘the real thing’ rather than how well entry forms are completed and this will enable this to happen.

ENTER AFTER 29 MARCH BUT BEFORE 30 APRIL – if you don’t meet the early deadline then we will still accept your entry, but will only visit the top scoring entrants (often just the top 3 in any category)

NO EXTENSIONS – to be fair to early entrants and our volunteer judges we will NOT extend either of the above deadlines except in exceptional circumstances and for selected categories.

Good luck.

 "Keep doing all you do, it's brilliant :) Having never entered anything like this it gave me such a boost to be recognised for our efforts. Being invited to enter made me feel I could (or was good enough), I think it was important that it didn't feel like I was paying to enter, that would have felt vain.... Everything about the awards was perfect, both times I have attended. I think you have everything just right."

2018 entrant

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

Photos from last years ceremony can be downloaded free of charge from

If you have any queries about the awards please contact us -

Twitter: @SWTourismAwards - #SWTAwards