This year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards are now open - and businesses are invited to enter by the deadline of midnight June 16th.
After a record year, in which the region’s tourism awards schemes attracted 605 entries with over 135 winners, the 2017/18 awards have been launched and hospitality businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are invited to enter.
2017 builds on the success of the past as well as seeing a few changes. There is a new Guided Tour category for tours on land and water, alongside criteria changes for Hotels, Holiday Parks and Visitor Information Service.
Other categories include Glamping, Wildlife Friendly, Self Catering, Dog Friendly, Access & Inclusivity, B&Bs, Spas and Wellbeing, Active & Sporting Experience, Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience, Cafes, Pubs, Restaurants, Attractions, Business Tourism, Customer Service, Sustainable Tourism & Events & Festivals.
Feedback from 2016/17 awards entrants has been used to further develop and refine the awards process, with entrants highlighting that their main reason for taking part was to help raise the quality of their businesses and for the free feedback provided. This has led to additional workshops being held for entrants.
The deadline for entering the awards is midnight on 16th June, but businesses are encouraged to start preparing now and not leave it to the last minute. Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback.
Will spoke to Robin Barker, Chief Executive for Services For Tourism and the Cornwall Tourism Awards to find out what's new for the 2017/18 awards and to get some top tips on applying. The full interview with Robin is now available below.