With entry to the 2012 competition now closed organisers report a bumper number of applications. Ron Glasgow, from Glasgows who are organising the competition on behalf of VisitEngland explains “We have had 385 applications. This is three times the number of applications for the former Enjoy England Awards and twice what was anticipated. This is a fantastic result and demonstrates strong support from the industry for the VisitEngland flagship competition and their commitment to improving excellence. Applications are evenly spread through all 15 award categories. A preliminary review by the judges also indicates applications are of a very high standard”.
Welcoming DisabledGo’s sponsorship VisitEngland’s Chief Executive James Berresford said “We are delighted that DisabledGo with it’s outstanding reputation in providing up to date information on access to all types of facilities including tourism businesses have agreed to sponsor the Access for All Award. It is an honour to have them on board”.
In a video message from the industry Minister for Tourism and Heritage Jon Penrose MP underlined the importance of the Awards to tourism in general and tourism businesses in particular.
“You, in the industry, are already well aware of the high contribution tourism makes to the economy as a wealth and job creator. I want, therefore, to concentrate on why participation in this awards scheme is important for your business in particular, and the industry in general.
Tourism consumers whether from home or overseas are mainly interested in three things:
Value for money, the quality of facilities, and excellent customers services. Of course sustainability and access for all are also important considerations.
These awards for excellence are about driving up standards in all these areas for the benefit of consumers and businesses alike”.