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With 140 entries already logged, entry into most categories in this year's awards is now closed, but there is a later deadline of 26th August for entries in 3 selected categories:

  • International Visitor Experience – for businesses going the extra mile in welcoming visitors from overseas
  • Unsung Hero Award for Customer Service – for an individual who goes the extra mile in delivering outstanding service
  • Tourism Event and Festival – for events and festivals that help bring visitors to the area and enhance their stay

In addition, we are continuing to accept B&B and Glamping entries until 29th June.

This year sees the shortening of entry forms, reflecting the fact that most of the judging is based on visits.

The Awards websites include new case studies from recent finalists, each of them sharing their top tips on why businesses should enter and how to win:

Sally Glanvill of Rydon Farm Bed and Breakfast in Devon says: "Winning both the county and regional award at our first attempt was beyond our wildest dreams! The application process, although initially daunting, forced us to re-evaluate our business, identify areas requiring improvement and enhance our strengths. Winning Gold has undoubtedly raised our public profile and I would encourage all passionate tourism businesses to enter."

The Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, new Bristol, Bath & Somerset, and South West awards are all independent, but linked in that winners from the county awards are fast-tracked into the South West awards, with most South West winners submitted to the national VisitEngland awards. Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback.

Headline sponsors of both the Devon and Cornwall Awards is Hoseasons. Mark Warnes, property and portfolio director at Hoseasons, says: “We are delighted to be supporting these awards once again. Every year we take hundreds of thousands of people on holiday across the country and every year we are astounded by the efforts of the people we work with to keep raising the bar on the standard of domestic breaks available to our customers. It’s vital that we recognise the commitment of those in the sector whose hard work continues to make the region so appealing to the UK audience.”