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The Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards 2017 are now open

4 July 2017

Nominations for the third annual Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards 2017 are now open. Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday 21st September at Coombe Abbey.
Steve Orchard CEO from Quidem, owners of six local radio stations and organisers of the awards said “We are delighted once again to be shining a big spotlight on the individuals, organisations and visitor attractions which make Coventry & Warwickshire a great place to visit.
“The local area is packed full of marvellous visitor attractions and world class tourism assets and we are going to celebrate them in style. Along with our partners we’re ready to blow this region’s trumpet!”

There are 15 categories in total and nominations are now open via the website.

Previous events have attracted more than 350 guests and showcased the regions rich diverse cultural heritage and best loved attractions. Special accolades have been awarded to Coventry Cathedral, The Jimmy Hill Memorial Fund, The AVIVA Women’s Cycle Tour Through Warwickshire, Enjoy Rugby Festival, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations. This was to recognise their undoubtable ability to attract people from all over the world. In addition, to this year’s awards, judges will be looking for those young rising stars and communities who contribute to making Coventry & Warwickshire a great place to visit, live, work and do business.

Laura McMillan, Manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the Tourism and Culture Awards once again.
“It’s a chance to showcase the very best attractions of Coventry and Warwickshire and highlight what’s great about this region. We haven’t always done that in the past but we have seen through the bid to be City of Culture that Coventry – and Warwickshire – is getting better at shouting about itself.”

Louise Bennett, chief executive of Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce said “The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is a big believer in companies from across all sectors putting themselves forward for awards to help promote themselves and the good work that they do.
“It’s great for marketing and publicity for those who win – and those who are nominated – and is also a great morale boost for staff and management alike. We’d encourage businesses and individuals to put themselves forward for these awards that celebrate what’s great about culture and tourism in Coventry and Warwickshire.”

Helen Peters CEO of Shakespeare’s England said ‘Shakespeare’s England is delighted and honoured to be counted amongst the sponsors of the Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards. These Awards are a fantastic way of recognising the dedication and hard work that everyone involved in the Visitor Economy and Hospitality Sectors within our region puts in and gives individuals, irrespective of whether they work for a large or small organisation, a chance to shine and be congratulated by their peers. We wish all applicants the very best of luck and look forward to congratulating winning Members of Shakespeare’ s England at the Awards ceremony at Coombe Abbey in September’

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said ‘Warwickshire County Council is delighted and incredibly proud to be a key sponsor of the Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism Awards for the third year running. These awards are hugely significant for our region, an area which boasts a huge amount of world class attractions and areas of stunning natural beauty for visitors to the area and locals alike to enjoy.’

Full list of categories:

  • Best Pub
  • Best Restaurant
  • Best small hotel B&B or Inn
  • Hotel of the year
  • Visitor Attraction of the year
  • Tourism event/experience of the year
  • Best live music, arts and theatre
  • Artisan award
  • Customer Service team award
  • Culture award
  • Kids and family award
  • The history & heritage award
  • Business Tourism award
  • Creative marketing campaign
  • Cultural education award

Nominations close on Friday 11th August.

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