The 2023/24 Devon Tourism Awards are now open and tourism and hospitality businesses from across the county are invited to enter. The awards offer businesses the chance to win not only locally, but to progress on to the regional South West awards and – for matching categories – the national VisitEngland awards.
The categories include pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as accommodation, spa, wedding and business venues, attractions, events and experiences. There are also awards for unsung heroes, new businesses, dog friendly, accessibility, and sustainability.
Feedback from last years entrant’s listed the benefits of entering as increasing bookings, generating PR, free feedback, making great contacts, boosting staff morale and helping with recruitment.
Awards organiser Robin Barker says “We’re delighted to be opening this year’s Tourism Awards with yet more tweaks and refinements to ensure they keep at the cutting edge of excellence in tourism, offering businesses the chance to shine as well as receive invaluable feedback.
The awards are free to enter being supported by many sponsors and partners. Matt Greaves, from headline sponsors Wildanet, says “Wildanet are delighted to be supporting the 2023/24 Devon Tourism Awards. As an independent broadband provider based here in the South West, we’re proud to support businesses and communities in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Indeed, our tourism and hospitality sector is world-class and we’d encourage as many businesses from this sector to showcase and receive industry recognition for the incredible work they’re doing by putting themselves forward for these awards”.
Online workshops are being held to help businesses complete their entry forms, and ask any questions on 17 and 23 May. Places are limited and must be booked via the website.
Entries must be submitted online no later than the deadline of midnight on Sunday 18 June; more details can be found here.