VisitEngland launches new format for awards for tourism excellence

 Thursday, March 14, 2019 

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VisitEngland has introduced a new Awards for Excellence format to reflect innovations across the English tourism industry as it marks 30 years of the Awards.

 

The national tourism agency announced the new format during the 30th celebrations of the Awards held last night (11 March) at London’s Banqueting House on Whitehall.

 

The annual VisitEngland Awards for Excellence celebrate quality, innovation and best practice across the country’s tourism industry. The refreshed format embraces the impact of digital technology, the growing demand for experienced-based travel and tailoring tourism products and services that cater for international visitors.

 

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “The tourism landscape in England is continuously evolving with visitors using technology to personalise the products they choose and our Awards must keep up with the aspirations of tourists.

 

“The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence have been redesigned, refreshed and streamlined to better reflect today’s tourism landscape. They also adhere to the guiding principles of the awards, recognising and rewarding the outstanding quality and standards thriving at the heart of our industry.”

 

New categories introduced for 2019-20 include ‘Experience of the Year’, ‘International Tourism Award’ and ‘New Tourism Business Award’ as well as simplified application forms and a new application management platform.

The revamped Awards align with the 18 regional competitions that take place across the country, ensuring local winners are automatically put forward for the national Awards.

Applicants for 2019-20 will first need to progress through a regional competition, the first two of which opened recently in the south west and Cumbria.

 

Tourism in England contributes £106 billion annually to the British economy, creating jobs and boosting economic growth.

 

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