AWARDS RECORDS SMASHED AFTER EARLY LAUNCH
Entries to the Tourism Awards have been broken again with 737 entries already received from across the South West and a record 146 from Dorset (including Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch).
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. It also follows the organisers’ recent success in achieving a Gold accolade in the Awards Trustmark scheme, the only winner of this accolade in South West England.
Entry numbers are expected to grow further, with entry into the Customer Service Superstar and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism categories remaining open to judge nominations during the summer.
Organiser of the awards Robin Barker says: "We made many changes this year following extensive consultation with entrants and judges - and we’re delighted with the response. Feedback tells us that the tourism awards play a significant role in helping businesses achieve excellence, something that remains essential if we are to compete successfully in the global tourism industry.
"We must also thank our many sponsors who fund the year-round programme, including headline sponsor Saffery Champness. They and other sponsors will be benefiting from record visits to the awards websites, totaling over 114,000 page views over the past year."
Saffery Partner Nick Fernyhough advised,"Saffery Champness are delighted to be headline sponsors for yet another year and we are excited by the number of new entries and the level of interest being show in these awards in 2019. The county continues to improve its tourism offerings across the county and invest heavily in what is a key economic driver for Dorset."
The awards celebrate excellence in tourism across the South West with linked schemes in Cornwall, Devon and Bristol, Bath and Somerset. They aim to promote and reward businesses and individuals in the tourism industry, whatever their sector and size. They are free to enter, independently judged and all entrants receive feedback.
The awards also represent the South West ‘heat’ of the national awards, with many South West 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 Dorset Tourism Awards event at the Tank Museum on 17 October.
“The Awards continue to evolve in parallel with industry trends, with feedback from last year’s entrants telling us that 78% of Dorset entrants now take part for the independent feedback they receive. This year’s Awards see many further changes, with new websites, shorter entry forms and a new entry system, and we look forward to receiving as many entries as possible”
Organiser of the awards, Robin Barker
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