After a record number of judging visits to businesses and a marathon judging panel meeting the Finalists have been announced for this year’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards supported by headline sponsors Bristol Airport. The awards will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 9 November at the Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton.
The annual competition saw an increase to 24 categories this year, with a new Guided Tour category and other changes to reflect the ever-changing nature of tourism. 111 entries were received from across the county. Finalists will be in suspense until the Awards Ceremony when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. A further 16 receive Highly Commended status.
Successful businesses in the Awards will will automatically be considered for matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2018 with the chance to go on to represent Somerset, Bristol and Bath at the National VisitEngland Awards.
Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said “We are delighted to be the headline sponsor the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. Research tells us that visitors flying directly into the South West stay in the region for longer and spend more than those who arrive through other gateways, which is good news for tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants and other local businesses. With Bristol Airport serving as the sole entry point to the South West for over 60 European cities, it is a great opportunity for the whole region to work together to add even more value to the visitor economy and to spread the word to visitors about the wonderful part of the world on our doorstep.”
Awards organiser Nell Barrington adds: “We are thrilled for all the finalists and want to thank all the businesses who entered this year; there was a really great response from Somerset, Bristol and Bath.”
The award categories cover everything from glamping, hotels and cafes to attractions, spas and campsites. A Winner of Winners, special Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and Outstanding Customer Service award will also be presented on the night.
The full list of Finalists and Highly Commended can be seen here.
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For more information please contact Nell Barrington 07968807022