Friday 24th of November 2017 11:48
The National Tourism Awards for Wales 2018 are now open for nominations - and we encourage as many Carmarthenshire businesses as possible to enter. Especially as in the last National Awards in 2015, an amazing six Carmarthenshire businesses - all members of Carmarthenshire Tourism Association -were successful, taking 3 Gold Awards, 1 Silver Award and 2 Bronze Awards. An amazing achievement for our County. See more about the 2015 winners here
The awards are hosted by Visit Wales to celebrate the best of the tourism industry - showcasing Wales' tourism businesses and the industry's achievements.
The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 8 March 2018 at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and nominations are now being invited in a range of categories.
Categories for the awards are
- Best Hotel
- Best Bed & Breakfast
- Best Self-Catering
- Best Caravan, Camping or Glamping,
- Best Attraction
- Best Activity
- Best Event
- Best Place to Eat
- Best Destination
- Young Tourism Person of the Year
- Tourism Business Innovation Award.
Tourism Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, attended the North Wales Tourism Awards last week, where some of the first regional entries to the National Awards were announced. Speaking about the awards, the Tourism Minister, said:
"I’d encourage all tourism businesses across Wales to nominate themselves for these awards; the effort in entering awards can pay dividends and can be of great benefit to team and staff morale. Of course, being able to say that you’re the ‘Best in Wales’ is also a great marketing boost.
“The quality of what we have to offer here in Wales goes from strength to strength and the Awards are an opportunity for us all to celebrate the industry and to showcase the outstanding quality of our vibrant tourism sector.
“This is our opportunity to put tourism in the limelight and pay tribute to those who are committed and passionate about their businesses, tourism and Wales.”
Tourism businesses can nominate themselves or anyone can enter a business which they deem as a worthy winner. The closing date for applications is Friday, 12 January 2018.
Details of the 2018 Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards, to be held in April, will be launched very soon!
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