Nominations are now open for this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.
Reflecting trends in the industry each year brings changes to the awards, and 2016 sees new awards for Glamping, for individual Self Catering properties and a widening of the Dog Friendly category to include all types of tourism business.
Industry feedback has also led to criteria changes for the Attraction, Small Hotel and B&B awards. Other categories include Spas and Wellbeing, Active & Sporting experience, Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience, Cafes, Pubs, Restaurants, B&Bs, Hotels, Attractions, Business Tourism, Holiday Parks, Customer Service, Accessibility, Tourist Information and Sustainability.
Another development this year as a result of business feedback is the shortening of entry forms, reflecting the fact that most of the judging is based on visits.
The awards website includes new case studies from recent finalists, each of them sharing their top tips on why businesses should enter and how to win:
Patrick Langmaid of last year’s Winner of Winners, Mother Ivey’s Bay, said: “At Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park we feel the tourism awards are a great opportunity to bench-mark our business against best practice, with helpful feedback and scoring from both independent assessors and mystery shoppers.
“There is only so much we will spot ourselves, and we find it very helpful to have people from outside our business take a closer look. It is also great to answer the entry questions, as it encourages our whole team to look closely at the business.”
The deadline for entering the Cornwall Tourism Awards is midnight on June 12.