The 2023/24 Cornwall Tourism Awards are now open and tourism and hospitality businesses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 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, wildlife friendly and sustainability.
Feedback from last year’s entrants 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. Paul Hawkins, partner at leading rural insurer, and headline sponsor, NFU Mutual Truro, said “We are delighted to be headline sponsor this year. Every year the Cornish Tourism Awards set the bar very high in leading the way across all areas of tourism in our beautiful county.”
He added: “As a key insurer for both rural and commercial businesses, we are especially pleased to support all the Cornish enterprises that are doing so much to raise the profile of the region as a key destination.”
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.