Tourist industry awards shortlistings for Bristol attractions

November 21, 2019

Bristol tourist attractions will go head to head this evening with others from across Bath and Somerset in a major awards scheme.

They are among a record 82 finalists aiming for gold, silver or bronze in this year’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. A further 15 companies will receive Commended status at the ceremony at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre. 

Among the Bristol contingent are BBC Bristol Tours, which is in the running for the title of Age Friendly Tourism Business of the Year, and The New Room (John Wesley’s Chapel), which is shortlisted in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category.

Some 142 entries were received for the annual awards, which are being sponsored by NFU Mutual Clifton and Wrington.

Changes this year include new entry forms, processes and a closer link with the regional South West and national VisitEngland Awards.

Judging has also changed, with an increased focus on digital presence and evidence. One of the new categories this year is Forthglade Dog Friendly Pub of the Year, which has proved very popular.

Awards organiser Nell Barrington said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the range of top quality businesses that have taken part this year. The competition was so tough and my congratulations goes out to all the finalists.”

The winners will be announced at the prestigious black tie dinner by BBC Bristol’s Laura Rawlings with guest speakers Bev and Sarah Milner Simmonds from multi award-winning eat:Festivals.

Wines served at tonight’s dinner will be from award-winning Redhill, near Bristol, vineyard Aldwick Estate.

Bristol Business News will have a full report of the awards tomorrow.

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