The 2020/21 Cornwall Tourism Awards have opened for entries and businesses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are invited to start their submissions.

The awards, now in their 19th year, cover both Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, offering business the chance to win not just locally, but to progress on to the regional South West awards and – for matching categories – the national Visit England awards.

Last year’s entrants describe the benefits of entering the awards as increasing bookings, generating PR, helping with staff morale, retention and recruitment, as well as getting free feedback on how their business could be improved.

Categories cover the full range of tourism-related businesses including pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as accommodation, attractions and events. There are also generic categories for ‘unsung heroes’, leadership, innovation, new businesses, dog friendly, accessibility, wildlife friendly and sustainability.

Awards organiser, Robin Barker, said: “It’s always great to hear from entrants what a positive change the awards can bring.  To help everyone submit their best entry we are running a series of workshops across the South West and I look forward to seeing many businesses there. Our top tip is to start preparing now, giving yourself time to consider all categories and liaising with colleagues before clicking the submit button.”

Head of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, added: “The Cornwall Tourism awards enable the best from our Cornish tourism offer to showcase how good they really are and, most importantly, for the owners, managers and staff to gain the recognition they so rightly deserve.”

Full details of the awards can be found here. All entries must be submitted online by April 26 but with Easter coming up it is recommended that businesses start as soon as possible.