The Tourism awards are now closed and we are delighted to announce that we have had a huge increase in entries across the board - 175 this year.
The news follows a period of major changes for the awards with new websites, shorter and online entry forms and a launch to industry nearly two months earlier than in the past.
Entry numbers are expected to grow further, with entry into the Customer Service Superstar remaining open to judge nominations during the summer.
Mark Smith, Chair of Tourism South East, said, “I’m blown away by the number and quality of entries we have received this year. Thank you to everyone who has entered and congratulations on your achievements. Whether you are a finalist or not, you can be proud of your hard work and the commitment you and your team have made to achieving excellence. Good luck to all our entrants and I hope to be celebrating with you at the Grand Hotel on the 10 December. Let the judging begin’’.
We are very grateful to our many sponsors who fund the year-round programme, including headline sponsor the Grand Brighton.
Andrew Mosley, General Manager, from the Grand Brighton, said, “We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of The Beautiful South Awards again this year. It is a real privilege to be selected as the host venue again following the success of the ceremony held here at The Grand Brighton last year. The awards really shine a spotlight on the whole host of quality and successful hospitality businesses the South East has to offer. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Tourism South East team and all the finalists to the awards ceremony in December.”
The awards celebrate excellence in tourism across the South East. They aim to promote and reward businesses and individuals in the tourism industry, whatever their sector and size. They are independently judged and all entrants receive feedback.
The awards also represent the South East ‘heat’ of the national awards, with many South East winners going on to be nominated to represent the region in the national VisitEngland Awards in June 2020.
Judging will be taking place from now until the autumn, prior to this year’s Beautiful South Tourism Awards event at the Grand Brighton on 10 December.