Search is on for “Best in Class” Tourism businesses of 2016/17
Tourism South East is seeking the very best tourism businesses in the South East with the launch of its Beautiful South Awards 2016/17. Backed once again by headline sponsor, Shepherd Neame, the Awards cover a range of categories from hotels to visitor attractions and from restaurants to holiday parks. The closing date has been extended to 5pm on 27 June for all categories except Customer Service Superstar and Tourism Event which will be 31 August.
There are some big changes to the categories this year which are designed to extend the opportunities for business to be recognised. There is a new award for ‘Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel’ and the ‘Taste of the South East’ has been split into ‘Restaurant/ Bistro’ and ‘Cafe/ Tearoom’. There are also new ‘Glamping Business’, ‘Self Catering Property (single unit)’ and ‘Dog Friendly’ categories which will all be reflected in the national Tourism Awards. VisitEngland has introduced a ‘Guided Tour of the Year’ category. We won’t be running this category regionally but there will be an opportunity to enter direct. We are also expecting an announcement in coming months from VE about three new direct entry categories.
Previous winners of the Awards not only celebrate being the best but also benefit from the feedback from the judges, improved staff pride and motivation and a raised profile that comes with being a finalist.
The Beautiful South Awards are also the route through to Visit England’s National Tourism Excellence Awards which in 2016 saw a record year for South East businesses winning three golds, a silver, bronze and four Highly Commended awards.
The Beautiful South Awards 2016/17 will culminate in a prestigious celebration dinner at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton on the 24th November, 2016.
In launching the Awards, Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of headline sponsor Shepherd Neame, said,
“Shepherd Neame is delighted to continue supporting the Beautiful South Awards, and helping to celebrate the South East’s vibrant tourism industry. South East businesses enjoyed great success in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence this year and we hope that our continued support for the Beautiful South Awards in 2016 will see that trend continue.’
Ken Robinson CBE, Chairman of Tourism South East, said,
‘’In tourism, like any other business, quality counts and the best businesses make their own success. Our performance in the National Awards this year showed that the South East has tourism businesses that can compete on a national and international level. We know our most successful businesses inspire others and that’s why we run the Beautiful South Awards each year. With more categories in 2016/17, we are hoping for a record number of entries.’’
The Awards are now open for entry and TSE is encouraging businesses to start their application at the earliest opportunity. Entry forms can be downloaded here.
We are grateful to our sponsorship partners who are:
Shepherd Neame www.shepherdneame.co.uk
Large Hotel of the Year
Shopper Anonymous www.shopperanonymous.co.uk
Customer Service Superstar
Welcome to Excellence www.welcometoexcellence.com
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Take One Media www.takeonemedia.co.uk
Restaurant/Bistro of the Year
Spitfire Gold www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/spitfire/spitfire-gold
Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Quality in Tourism www.qualityintourism.com
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Studio Republic www.studiorepublic.com
Sustainable Tourism Award
Triodos Bank www.triodos.co.uk
Touring, Camping and/or Holiday Park/Village of the Year
Great Country Pubs www.greatcountrypubs.com
Venue and Business Tourism Award
Visit Brighton www.visitbrighton.com
Visitor Information Provider of the Year
Tourism Network www.touristnetwork.co.uk
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