Visit England Awards
Rutland did extremely well in the 2010 East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards winning 1 Bronze, 5 Silver and 1 Gold award!
This year the awards are being organised slightly differently, as in the past there have been a series of sub-regional heats leading to the national final. This year, businesses will submit applications direct to Visit England, with no regional finals.
VisitEngland have just launched their new website for this years awards – www.vistenglandawards.org
The awards are designed to identify the very best of the best tourism businesses and set a benchmark to which the rest of the country's tourism industry can aspire. We think Rutland has a lot to shout about, and these awards show the rest of England that although we're small, we can compete with the big players!
Discover Rutland are happy to help with entry’s to ensure that they have been filled in correctly and that no one has missed an opportunity to promote themselves on the form.
Dates for the submissions are also slightly different to previous years applications close on 6 January. All applications are being made online and there is no need to complete a hard copy form.
Contratulations to the 7 Rutland businesses received theses prestigious (a record for the county!)
Stretton Lakes, Stretton - Self Catering - GOLD
Horse & Jockey, Manton - Best Pub Experience - SILVER
Barnsdale Gardens, Exton - Small Visitor Attraction - SILVER
The British Birdwatching Fair, Egleton - Tourism Event - SILVER
Rutland Water Fly Fishing Adventures, nr Oakham - Tourism Experience - SILVER
The Kings Arms Inn, Wing - Taste of the Region - SILVER
Barnsdale Lodge, nr Oakham - Small Hotel of the Year - BRONZE
The benefits of entering the awards include:
• Free, constructive professional feedback on the business for all finalists
• Exposure for the business and an opportunity to attract new customers
• Chance to reward employees for their hard work
• Opportunity to stand out from the competition
• Chance to go on and win a national tourism award
The 17 categories are listed below, please click on the title for criteria:
- Access for All
- Business Tourism
- Caravan Park and Holiday Village
- Guest Accommodation
- Self Catering Holidays
- Large Hotel (over 35 beds)
- Small Hotel (under 50 beds)
- Large Visitor Attraction
- Small Visitor Attraction
- Tourism Event
- Outstanding Customer Service
- Tourist Information Centre
- Best Tourism Experience
- Sustainable Tourism
- Taste of the Region
Remember you can contact Emma Savage and Mary Herrick for help and information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view previous winners case studies and other information at www.eastmidlandstourism.co.uk