The 2021/22 Cornwall Tourism Awards are now open and businesses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are invited to submit their entries.

The awards, now in their 20th year, cover both Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, offering businesses the chance to win not just locally, but to progress on to the regional South West awards and – for matching categories – the national VisitEngland awards.

The launch comes fresh from the conclusion of the 2020/21 awards, held in what was an extraordinary year for tourism, hospitality and the world.

The 2021/22 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 a new award for Innovation and Resilience, as well as opportunities to submit entries for unsung heroes, new businesses, dog friendly, accessibility, wildlife friendly and sustainability.

Awards organiser Robin Barker said: “The last year has highlighted the need for tourism to adapt and innovate, and the same applies to the Awards. This year sees new categories, new criteria and an extended entry period giving businesses the chance to enter early ‘before the rush’ or to leave it till they have welcomed more visitors if they prefer. We so look forward to engaging with everyone once again.”

A series of free online workshops is planned to help entrants, the first being on May 25.

All entries must be submitted online by August 31 but with hopefully a very busy summer ahead it is recommended that businesses start as soon as possible.

For full details on how to enter, click here.