The deadline for entries for Coventry and Warwickshire’s first ever Tourism and Culture Awards has been extended - and they have just been given added prestige too.
The glittering awards ceremony is set to take place at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday, September 24, and will celebrate the region’s diverse attractions and venues on offer as well as honour those which provide the best experience.
Seventeen titles are up for grabs including Tourism Event of the Year, Best Retailer, Best Small Hotel, Best Pub and Best Experience, and entrants can apply online via the www.tourismandcultureawards.co.uk website. The deadline to enter is now July 31.
Winners on the night could also go on to be entered into the annual Visit England Awards for Excellence - one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in culture and tourism.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Quidem, which owns Touch FM, Rugby FM and Oak FM, are organising the event which also has the support of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council.
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a great opportunity for businesses in our thriving tourism, leisure and culture sector to put themselves in the spotlight.
“Winning an award of this type would bring added profile and should, therefore, drive greater visitor numbers.
“The fact the deadline has now been extended gives even more businesses and attractions the opportunity to put themselves forward and with the added prestige of the chance to be entered into the Visit England Awards it should act as a catalyst for more organisations to get involved.”
Jonathan Browning, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Culture and tourism is a key sector in the area with our wonderfully diverse attractions which attract visitors from across the UK and all corners of the world.
“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to reward the businesses who work extremely hard to attract guests which, in turn, boosts our regional economy and the profile of Coventry and Warwickshire.”
The full list of categories are:
Best B&B or Inn
Small Hotel of the Year
Large Hotel of the Year
Best Venue for Music, Arts & Theatre
Customer Service Award
Kids and Families Award
The History & Heritage Award
The Bright Idea Award
Young Tourism Award
Business Tourism Award
Tourism Event of the Year