2017 DEVON TOURISM AWARDS
This year’s Devon Tourism Awards are now closed for entry with the exception of 3 categories which have a later deadline of 31 August:
- International Visitor Experience – for businesses going the extra mile in welcoming visitors from overseas, maybe through extra staff training, translated websites etc
- Outstanding Customer Service (including Unsung Hero) – Individuals or teams that continually go above and beyond, offering exceptional customer service to visitors
- Tourism Event and Festival – for events and festivals that help bring visitors to the area and enhance their stay
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 Devon 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, Self Catering, Dog Friendly, Access & Inclusivity, B&Bs, Spas and Wellbeing, Active & Sporting experience, Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience, Cafes, Pubs, Restaurants, B&Bs, Attractions, Business Tourism, Customer Service, Sustainable Tourism & Events & Festivals.
The Awards launch follows just days after Devon’s success in the final event of the 2016/17 awards when Glazebrook House was amongst the top winners in the national VisitEngland awards having previously won in both the Devon and South West awards. This was in addition to National Marine Aquarium, Longlands glamping and The Coach House by Michael Caines, all of which were national Finalists.
Feedback from 2016 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.
Mark Warnes, property and portfolio director at headline sponsors Hoseasons, says: “We are once again very proud to be supporting these awards and very much looking forward to playing our part in recognising the efforts and achievements of tourism businesses across the region. The time, energy and money they continue to invest in their offer is what keeps people coming back year after year, and what makes this area such an enduring holiday hotspot.”
Organiser of the awards Robin Barker says: “Like any good tourism business the Awards continue to evolve and develop and this year is no exception. Last year saw record entries as well as wide-ranging feedback, and we look forward to working closely with entrants in helping them stay at the forefront of quality tourism.”
The deadline for entering the remaining 3 categories is midnight on 31st August, 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.
To enter see the How to Enter
Please also follow our NEW Twitter account at @DevonTourAwards as well as the more established @SWTourismAwards
- South West is England's top region for Excellence Posted: 24th April 2017
- SOUTH WEST TOPS THE COUNTRY FOR 5th YEAR RUNNING IN NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS Posted: 14th March 2017
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