South West Tourism Awards 2020/21
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Hints & Tips

Hints and Tips

Final closing date for tourism award entries is 20th September

Over the last few months the awards have remained open ‘in the background’ as everyone’s top priority has been safety and the future of businesses and staff.  We can now confirm the final deadline to submit entries is 20th September 2020.  If you have already entered and would like to revise your entry, you are still able to do so, but only until 23rd August 2020.  Entries can only be accepted via our online portal.

Research has found that the feedback and PR entrants receive after entering is an important part of business improvement and growth plans.  This year we will not be able to carry out mystery visits so entrants will be contacted remotely and each will receive a report from our expert judges who will have carefully reviewed the information provided and offer ideas for improvement. 

In this period of unprecedented challenge and change – what’s not changing is our commitment to excellence, celebrating our fantastic tourism businesses and providing feedback to help improve still further. 

We really hope that you’ll be able to take part in the Awards program, and very much look forward to receiving your entries.  If you’ve any questions or need more information, please get in touch.


The 2020/21 South West Tourism Excellence Awards are open for entry and businesses across the region are encouraged to start your submissions without delay.

Last year’s entrants summed up the benefits of entering the awards as increasing bookings, generating PR, helping with staff morale, retention and recruitment as well as getting free feedback on how their business could be improved. Watch the short video HERE to see what they say.

Awards organiser Robin Barker says: “It’s always great to hear from entrants what a positive change the awards can bring.  To help everyone submit their best entry we are running a series of workshops across the South West and I look forward to seeing many businesses there.  Details can be found HERE. Our top tip is to start preparing now, giving yourself time to consider all categories and liaising with colleagues before clicking the SUBMIT button.”

All entries must be submitted online by the deadline shown here.

Businesses in Bristol, Bath and Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly must enter in their county schemes. 

Businesses in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire should enter direct into the South West awards unless based in South Gloucestershire or an active member of Visit Bath or Visit Bristol, in which case please choose the Bristol, Bath and Somerset awards.  For other businesses in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire please start the process by looking at the categories – then follow our tips on entering awards, there’s even a suggested schedule for you to follow.  Then follow the link to online entry here.

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

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