Below are details about each of the awards.  For your information:

  • We may merge or split categories depending on entries.
  • We also reserve the right to move an entry into a different category should we consider it a better fit, however we will consult with you before doing this.
  • Entries will only be accepted from businesses that meet current and relevant Legal and Licensing Compliance. The judges reserve the right to decline an entry if in their opinion this cannot be confirmed.
  • Businesses that serve food must have a minimum food hygiene rating of three out of five.  We reserve the right to refuse an application if this minimum requirement is not met at any point prior to the awards ceremony. An exception is made for new businesses who have not yet been graded.
  • Businesses that have been trading for at least three months and up to two years when applications open are strongly recommended to apply to the New Tourism Business of the Year category before considering applying to any other categories.
  • You can apply for more than one category, except where specified within the eligibility criteria, but separate applications must be completed for each.
  • Entry is open to members and non-members of Tourism South East.  All entries are charged at £50 plus VAT per entry, however the first three entries submitted for any Tourism South East member are free of charge as a benefit of their membership.  Businesses are encouraged to enter as many categories as they are eligible for.  Invoices will be sent on receipt of the completed entry form, processing of an entry will not begin until payment has been received.  Entries in the Unsung Hero category are free for members and non-members. 
  • To enter your business must offer visitor experiences, events etc in the Tourism South East area which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey, the Isle of Wight, Sussex and Kent. If your experience or business is located in another area, details of others schemes can be found on the Visit England Awards website.
  • All entries must be submitted via the online portal, entry forms will not be accepted via email or any other format. 
  • Winners in categories marked VE may be selected to represent the region in the national VisitEngland Awards.  You will see in brackets that some categories in the Visit England Awards are merged together.

    If you have any queries please contact us at awards@beautifulsouthawards.co.uk.

     

 

Now in its second year, this special award in conjunction with NFU Mutual’s New Forest, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth Agency recognises businesses that are recruiting and developing hospitality stars of the future, providing clear and inspiring structured career paths in hospitality.

This could include the recruitment of your team for those just starting out or retraining at a different stage in their life. Skills development, training and engagement can be undertaken either in house or working with others.

Recruitment and development is often cited as one of the big challenges and this award specifically recognises hospitality businesses that have both a genuine commitment to and are innovative in their recruitment and development.

Entry forms can be downloaded here.  Tourism and hospitality businesses are invited to apply, and third-party nominations are also welcomed. 

Please return completed entry forms by email to awards@beautifulsouthawards.co.uk by the closing date.  Thank you.

Unsung Hero Award (VE) - Recognises an individual working for a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry.  They will:

  • be an individual rather than a team.
  • nominated by a colleague or by a local awards competition judge.
  • demonstrate commitment, passion and enthusiasm for their work and the tourism industry; exceeding expectations and inspiring their colleagues.
  • work in any area of the business; does not need to be in a customer-facing job role.
  • be unlikely to be a business owner or a senior manager.
  • or may be new to the tourism industry or have worked in the industry for some time.

 

Business Events Venue of the Year (VE) - Recognises business events venues that demonstrate an excellent understanding of the market, exceeding the expectations of their clients and have a strategic plan for future development within this area, with clear goals.

Tourism Event/Festival of the Year - Recognises providers of truly memorable and immersive tourism events and festivals that are making a contribution to the visitor economy with a significant proportion of business generated by people visiting from outside the local area.  Events could include festivals, fairs, carnivals, shows or celebrations. They can be paid entry or free but should demonstrate innovation and distinctiveness. The event must take place between 1 Sept 2021 and 31 Aug 2022.

Visitor Information Service of the Year - This award is for visitor information providers that offer an exceptional standard of service and appropriate information.  This should be done through face to face contact as well as utilising social media and information technology but must include responding to individual enquiries rather than just information provision. 

Wedding Venue of the Year - Recognises wedding venues that attract visitors to the region and demonstrate an excellent understanding of the market, exceeding the expectations of their clients.

Future of Hospitality Award - This award is open for entries which can be made directly by the tourism business or by a third party and recognises businesses who recruit and develop the hospitality stars of the future.  Click here to download the entry form, complete and return by email to awards@beautifulsouthawards.co.uk.

Access and Inclusive Tourism Award (VE) - Recognises tourism businesses providing truly memorable visitor experiences for everyone, particularly those with accessibility requirements, and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.

Dog Friendly Business of the Year - sponsored by Hoseasons
Recognises providers of truly memorable experiences for dogs and their human companions.

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award (VE) - Recognises tourism businesses committed to being sustainable, responsible and ethical in how they operate and interact with customers, the wider community and the environment. 

New Tourism Business Award (VE) - Recognises high performing new tourism businesses, demonstrating excellent understanding of their market, exceeding the expectations of their customers with clear plans for future development.

Resilience & Innovation Award (VE) - Recognises businesses within the tourism industry that have demonstrated great innovation, resilience and adaptation during a crisis or period of adversity.

B&B and Guest House of the Year (VE) - Recognises bed & breakfast and guest house businesses providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.

Camping & Holiday Park of the Year (VE Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year) - sponsored by Anytime Booking
Recognises holiday and caravan parks, campsites and holiday villages providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. 

Glamping Business of the Year (VE Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year) - Recognises glamping and alternative accommodation sites providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. This category is for businesses where glamping is the main accommodation offer - not an add-on to a campsite or holiday park.  Sites with yurts, tepees, shepherd’s huts, safari tents and similar should enter this category.

Large Hotel of the Year (VE) - sponsored by Mews
Recognises full service hotels providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. (Offers a minimum of 35 bedrooms. However, a business with fewer than 35 bedrooms can apply if it is a full-service hotel with extensive facilities).

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year (VE) - sponsored by Touch Stay
Recognises self catering accommodation businesses providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.  This category is for businesses whose main offer is self catering accommodation including cottages, houses, historic properties (or part thereof), holiday boats, barn conversions, hostels, apartments and serviced apartments etc.  A business with multiple properties across different locations is not eligible to apply in its entirety. This includes agencies. However, an application may be completed for a specific location (on a single site) if it is clearly identified within any marketing e.g. website.  Large self catering accommodation complexes (eg with chalets and lodges) with a range of facilities and activities should apply for the Glamping or Holiday Park of the Year as appropriate.

Small Hotel of the Year (VE) - sponsored by NFU Mutual, Isle of Wight & Bournemouth
Recognises small serviced accommodation businesses providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. (Usually offers between 12 and 35 bedrooms. However, serviced accommodation businesses with fewer than 12 or more than 35 bedrooms can apply if they consider themselves appropriate for this category).

 

Experience of the Year - Active or Learning (VE Experience of the Year) - sponsored by Beyonk
Recognises providers of truly memorable and immersive activities for visitors to participate in. The category includes any visitor experience that requires participation in an activity.  It may involve a host/teacher/instructor/guide or may be undertaken independently, is likely to be immersive and interactive and may involve learning or adventure.  The start of the entry form has more information.

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year (VE) - Recognises large visitor attraction businesses providing truly memorable visitor experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. (Attracts 75,000 visitors or more per year or employs more than 10 full-time equivalent members of staff).

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year (VE) - Recognises small visitor attraction businesses providing truly memorable visitor experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. (Attracts 75,000 visitors or fewer per year or employs 10 or fewer full-time equivalent members of staff).

Spa and Wellbeing Experience of the Year (VE Experience of the Year) - sponsored by ADA Cosmetics
Recognises providers of truly memorable and immersive spa and wellbeing experiences for visitors to participate in.  Entries are welcome from spas, yoga breaks, health retreats, etc whether standalone or part of another business. 

 

Café/Tearoom of the Year (VE Taste of England) - Recognises businesses within the tourism industry that offer food, beverage and service innovation and excellence. Food service businesses including cafés, tea rooms, coffee shops.

Pub of the Year - Recognises pubs that make a significant contribution to tourism in their area, with a food and drink offering that includes quality locally sourced produce.

Restaurant/Bistro of the Year (VE Taste of England) - Recognises businesses within the tourism industry that offer food, beverage and service innovation and excellence. Food service businesses including restaurants, hotel restaurants, bistros.