Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards open for entry

By Nick Batten on 4 May, 2022

The 2022/23 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards are now open for entry and businesses are invited to submit their entries before 19th June.

The launch follows the conclusion of the 2021/22 awards, held in what was an extraordinary period for tourism, hospitality and the world. Previous entrants have listed the benefits of participating as: increasing bookings, generating PR, free feedback and the boost it gives to staff morale and recruitment. 

The top winners from the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards will feed into the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards to compete regionally, and the top winners from the South West will then go through to the VisitEngland Awards to compete nationally.

Three of the 21/22 Bristol Bath and Somerset winners have made it through to the 2022 VisitEngland Awards. They are: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa (Large Hotel of the Year), No.15 by GuestHouse  (Small Hotel of the Year) and The Cotley Inn (Pub of the Year).

The 2022/23 awards cover the full range of tourism-related businesses including pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as accommodation, wedding and business venues, attractions, events and experiences. There is an award for Innovation and Resilience, as well as opportunities to submit entries for food and drink, unsung heroes, new businesses, dog friendly, age friendly, accessibility and sustainability.

Awards Organiser Nell Barrington said, “I hope this will be a bumper year for tourism and hospitality businesses in Bristol, Bath and Somerset and also that they can find time to get their entries in.”

The awards are free to enter being supported by many sponsors and partners. Deborah Heather, Director of headline sponsors Quality in Tourism, said, “The Bristol, Bath and Somerset awards have shown the commitment to quality from the operators in the area, they have overcome incredible issues, adapted and overcome the issues of the pandemic and have become marker leaders in the sector and Quality in Tourism is delighted to be Headline Sponsors for 2022/2023.”

Lorraine Jarvie from the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, added, “We are totally delighted! The RCH Team has worked incredibly hard to overcome the many challenges thrown up by the pandemic, so to have been judged as one of the country’s best hotels by Visit England really shows them that their perseverance and determination has paid off.”

A series of free online workshops is planned to help entrants, the first being on 12th May.

All entries must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday 19th June but it is recommended that businesses plan ahead and start as soon as possible.  This deadline will not be extended.

For more information on the awards click here.