VisitEngland launches refreshed tourism awards

VisitEngland has launched a new Awards for Excellence format to reflect innovations across England’s tourism industry as it marks 30 years of the Awards.
The new format was announced during the Awards 30th celebrations held 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 introduced embraces the impact of digital technology, the growing demand for experienced-based travel and tailoring tourism products and services that cater for international visitors.
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 judging panels will be tailored to suit each category type whether assessing sustainability, accessibility or food, leading industry figures will take part in the judging to ensure rigorous assessments.
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.

VisitEngland will also support destinations that do not currently hold local competitions to launch Awards of their own, giving greater coverage across England.

Applicants for 2019-20 will first need to progress through a regional competition, the first two of which opened recently for applications.

A full list of core categories for 2019-20 is below:

  1. Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award
  2. B&B and Guest House of the Year
  3. Business Events Venue of the Year
  4. Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year
  5. Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award
  6. Experience of the Year
  7. International Tourism Award
  8. Large Hotel of the Year
  9. Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  10. New Tourism Business Award
  11. Pub of the Year
  12. Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year
  13. Small Hotel of the Year
  14. Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
  15. Taste of England Award

For any queries please contact the VisitEngland Awards Team at