2019/20 TOURISM AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN
We are delighted to announce that this year's tourism awards are now open earlier than ever before, to give entrants time to complete their forms before the season starts in earnest.
Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said, “Achieving excellence isn’t easy – it takes vision, years of commitment and a lot of hard work from talented people. Those behind the businesses that make the finals of the Beautiful South Awards have got these qualities in abundance. They can be proud of what they have achieved and the example they are setting for others. The Awards are a celebration of their achievements and a showcase for the sheer quality of what they offer. I would encourage any tourism business that has achieved great things in the last 18 months to enter and get the recognition they and their teams deserve.
Of course, the Beautiful South Awards couldn’t take place without our fantastic sponsors and voluntary judges. Again this year, we are extremely grateful for their support. We are looking forward to another unforgettable night of celebration at the splendid Grand Brighton, our headline sponsors again for 2019."
Andrew Mosley, General Manager from headline sponsor the Grand Brighton said, “We are delighted to be this year's title sponsor of The Beautiful South Awards. It is a real privilege to be selected again as the host venue following the success of the ceremony when it was 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 very much look forward to welcoming the Tourism South East team and all the finalists to the Awards ceremony in December."
This year’s awards sees a brand new website, new shorter entry forms and a new online entry process. There are also two new categories: Wedding Business of the Year and New Tourism Business of the Year.
There is also an incentive for early entry, intended to encourage submissions between 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.
The closing date is 6 May but if you enter by 29 March, and 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.
To be fair to early entrants and our volunteer judges we will only extend the deadlines in exceptional circumstances and for selected categories.
Entry is free for members of Tourism South East; there is an admin fee for non members - once we have received your entry form we will invoice you for £70 plus VAT, for B and B's it is £45 plus VAT. This includes two entries plus Access and Sustainability. Payment must be received before your entry is accepted. Entry is free to everyone for the Customer Service Superstar award.
We look forward to receiving your entries.
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Pictures from Beautiful South Awards Ceremony 2018 can be found here.
Here is a short video from last year's Awards event