Island Businesses Encouraged To Enter Tourism Awards

Hell Bay Hotel Manager Philip Callan picks up an award last year.

Hell Bay Hotel Manager Philip Callan picks up an award last year.

Islanders working in tourism are used to planning ahead. And even before this season has got into full swing, businesses are being asked to enter the 2015 to 2016 tourism awards.

The first stage is the Cornish competition and winners will go through to the regional, South West finals.

Anyone making it through those will be judged at the English national awards.

This year, Bryher’s Hell Bay Hotel have won their way through the different finals and manager Phillip Callan and his team will hear whether they have won the Best Small Hotel in England title at a ceremony in Newcastle next month.

The Westcountry awards are arranged by Robin Baker of Southwest tourism.

He says island businesses usually do well in the competition and “punch above their weight” considering the small number of entrants here.

Being recognised for excellence in tourism is satisfying but Robin says the actual process of entering is a fantastic opportunity to take a close look at your own business.

And if you go on to win, the benefits to your coverage and profile are “endless.”

This year there are some new categories including Spas and Wellbeing, Active and Sporting Experiences, and Artistic, Cultural and Learning experiences.

There’s been a move to promote Scilly and Cornwall to the German-speaking market and that’s reflected in a new award for businesses who have worked hard to attract overseas visitors.

The deadline for entry is midnight on 12th June. The Islands’ Partnership can help members with their applications.