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The Somerset flag is flying outside Bridgwater Town Hall today.

Tourism Awards open for entry on Somerset Day

TODAY is Somerset Day, a day to celebrate all that is special about Somerset, including those outstanding tourism and hospitality businesses who are Flying the Flag for Somerset. 

They are all invited to enter the free Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2021/2022, which launches today.

The awards offer 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 awards are free to enter as they are supported by many sponsors and partners.

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

The awards cover the full range of tourism-related businesses including pubs, cafes, restaurants, accommodation, wedding and business venues, attractions, events and experiences.  As well as opportunities to submit entries for unsung heroes, new businesses, dog friendly, accessibility and sustainability.

This year there is a new award for ‘Resilience and Innovation’ that recognises businesses within the tourism industry who have demonstrated innovation, resilience and adaptation, along with support for their local communities, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Awards organiser Nell Barrington said:  “A great part of the awards is hearing how the businesses benefit and despite the horrible year we have all just had I heard many positive stories from winners which makes the awards so worthwhile.

“We have included them on the website so others can see as it is really heart-warming.  I hope that everyone has a really busy summer but that they can also find time to enter by August 31.”

Full details of the awards are at www.somersettourismawards.org.uk.  Free online workshops are being offered to help entrants complete their application with the first on May 25.

All entries must be submitted online by August 31.

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