Big name sponsors confirmed as entries flood in for Visit Nottinghamshire’s prestigious STARS awards

The recent positive news about growth in the visitor economy, now worth 1.8 billion to local economy and supporting over 22k jobs, has increased interest in the visit Nottinghamshire Hospitality Stars awards.

Many of Nottinghamshire’s finest establishments have submitted their entries for 2018’s Nottinghamshire Hospitality STARS Awards, staking their claim to win one of 14 coveted titles. Other tourism and hospitality businesses are being encouraged to submit their applications ahead of the 1st October deadline.

Back by popular demand, these prestigious awards are organised by Visit Nottinghamshire, the city and county’s official tourism body, and are produced in affiliation with the Nottingham Hospitality Association and the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence programme. These industry-led awards have been celebrating hospitality in Nottinghamshire for well over a decade and have long been held in high regard by external bodies and tourists alike.

2019 will be the 30th anniversary of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. The awards have been recently reviewed and modernised to ensure that they continue to recognise, congratulate and celebrate businesses and individuals that deliver amazing experiences for visitors. Following this year’s awards, Nottinghamshire’s award winners will be highlighted as part of the upcoming VisitEngland celebrations, helping to raise their profile nationally. The awards ceremony will also be attended by the Chairman of the VisitEngland’s Advisory Board, Denis Wormwell, helping the county’s finest leisure and tourism businesses to get themselves noticed outside of Nottinghamshire.

Richard Johal, Chair of the Nottingham Hospitality Association, said:

“The NHA are delighted to be supporting the STARS awards. The event is a great opportunity to celebrate Nottinghamshire’s diverse hospitality sector, the hard-working people within the industry and to celebrate and recognise local business success. It is important for our industry that events like these take place and we are proud to be involved with it.”

The 14 awards provide an opportunity to highlight outstanding service and give thanks to the contributions of a broad range of businesses and individuals across the county’s leisure, culture, tourism and hospitality sectors. The categories are as follows:

  1. Bed & Breakfast of the Year
  2. Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year
  3. Business/Conference Venue Tourism Award
  4. Guided Tour of the Year
  5. Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year
  6. Hotel of the Year
  7. Inclusive Tourism Award
  8. Visitor Attraction of the Year
  9. New Tourism Business Award
  10. Sustainable Tourism Award
  11. Taste of Nottinghamshire Award
  12. Tourism Pub of the Year
  13. Rising Star – Front of House
  14. Rising Star – Unsung Hero

All shortlisted finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony on 1st November at the Nottingham’s Crowne Plaza – an excellent opportunity for networking, publicity and inspiration, and, of course, to enjoy the glittery and glamorous black-tie event itself. Winners in each category will receive a trophy and can expect invaluable press and promotional opportunities for their business, strengthening their reputation and hopefully leading to an increase in their visitor numbers.

Joan Brown of Browns of Holbeck – a previous winner of the Bed and Breakfast of the Year Award and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry – described the ceremony as “very exciting and very rewarding, and it certainly opened doors for us”. Browns gained national publicity when they went on to become finalists in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Several high-profile organisations such as East Midlands Trains, Crowne Plaza and Nottingham BID have already been confirmed as sponsors of this year’s ceremony.

A limited amount of sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information about Nottinghamshire Hospitality Stars Awards please click here.

Posted on 27 September 2018

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