Here's what some recent entrants say:
"Just going through the awards application process has been an amazing experience. It’s helped me analyse my small business in ways which I’m not sure I otherwise would have and it’s all lead to so many positive changes and improvements that it feels like we’ve achieved loads before we even click the ‘Submit Entry’ button!"
Mike, Savouring Bath, www.savouringbath.com, Sept 20
"Thank you for all your support the past few years, I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for all the awards and I would probably be struggling considerably more this year, if it hadn’t been for the accolades from the past 3 years that have given my business such a great, grounding reputation"
Saira, Mellulah Yoga Retreats, Aug 20
"Thank you so much, this has me superstoked - I'm still on a high from the awards' news last week. It was excellent that Becca and Craig could attend to represent Wild Wookey on the evening; it's great to have updates on how things are looking so positive - totally gobsmacked that Wild Wookey is up for inclusion in the National Awards - like, WOW!, that would be awesome to get recognition at that level. I can but dream. Kind and warm regards for all your efforts and everything you are doing on behalf of each and every one of us."
Christopher, Wild Wookey
"The awards have been really good for us over the past ten years - bench marking, training, insipiration, affirmation and the occasional 'kick up the backside' to think differently about things, or to take on more challenges."
Maggie, Wheatland Farm
"Thank you so much for the really useful feedback from Round 1 and Round 2. It is so helpful to have constructive criticism that we can use to improve our 'product'. We didn't know much about your awards but chose to apply because they seem to be the 'proper job' and not just a case of getting all your customers to vote for you! This feedback has confirmed and even enhanced our view of the whole process."
Judy Dain, Vaughan's Cookery School
"Following a busy weekend back at The Bell I have just wanted to take the opportunity to congratulate you and your team on an amazing event last Thursday evening. We were grateful to be part of the South West Tourism Awards and It was our best night off to date!! The professionalism of the awards evening was evident both in organization, food and other arrangements. Thank you so much for your hard work."
Mark Payne & Sarah Watts, The Bell Inn
Thanks so much - we are utterly bowled over and all had celebratory doughnuts on changeovers this morning!!"
Kate, The Treehouses
"We are delighted with the news that we were awarded COMMENDED for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year by the South West Tourism Awards. We were put forward for this award after receiving SILVER for Small Visitor Attraction in the Devon Tourism Awards last month. As a small visitor attraction based in one of the largest tourism regions of England, it’s important to differentiate ourselves from other tourist destinations."
Ben Jordan, The Bear Trail
“At Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park we feel the tourism awards are a great opportunity to bench-mark our business against best practice, with helpful feedback and scoring from both independent assessors and mystery shoppers. There is only so much we will spot ourselves, and we find it very helpful to have people from outside our business take a closer look. It is also great to answer the entry questions, as it encourages our whole team to look closely at the business.”
Patrick Langmaid, Mother Ivey's Bay
“The awards for us really engendered a feeling of pride within the team, we are so proud of everyone here and all that they have achieved in such a short time and these awards really amplified that."
Jason Parry, Salcombe Harbour Hotel
"It has been particularly useful for our place in our community – the local residents have become great ambassadors for us and do that with the confident knowledge that we are trying our best and are well regarded by impartial judges. They are happy to shout about us and tend to be more inclined to book big ticket items eg weddings, anniversary parties etc. at the hotel."
Nicky King, The Eastbury Hotel
“Gloucester Tourist Information Centre enters the South West Tourism Awards for a number of reasons. The awards are perfect for benchmarking yourselves alongside other similar businesses in the region, it increases staff morale, provides an opportunity to learn and how to be at the top of your game. We always look to the South West Tourism Awards as recognition for all the hard work involved in delivering a tourism service to the public.”
Lucy Chilton, Gloucester Tourist Information Centre
If in doubt, why not watch our latest Awards video HERE (it lasts 3 mins or so...)
Would you like:
To stand out from the crowd?
A raised profile with the media?
To reward your team and boost morale?
To attract the best staff?
A free mystery shopper report and business feedback?
To raise the quality of your business
A cause for celebration?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should consider entering these Tourism Awards.