THE Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2011 are now officially open.
This year’s awards bring together what was previously the Annual Awards and CATS to recognise the outstanding work delivered by all sectors of the tourism industry and the young professionals who work in it.
Chris Brown, chief executive of Marketing Cheshire, said: “This is a fantastic event showcasing the people and products that help to raise standards across the whole industry.
“We hope business use it as an opportunity to get the recognition they deserve with the chance to go straight through to compete at England level and potentially be the best in the country.
“With a visitor economy valued at £1.78bn and supporting over 27,041 jobs there has never been a better time to join Marketing Cheshire and help celebrate with a fun and lively evening of awards and entertainment.”
The awards, which are open to both Marketing Cheshire members and non-members include 13 categories, 12 which recognise business excellence and one new ‘Rising Star Award’ which recognises the huge variety of talent that exists in the industry.
Held at the new technology centre at West Cheshire College, Ellesemere Port on Friday, November 18, this year’s awards will move away from the traditional three course meal.
Instead the contemporary glass building will come alive with cocktails and canapés followed by a lively evening of awards and entertainment.
Sara Mogel, principal at West Cheshire College, said: “Our brand new creative and services campus at Ellesmere Port is a landmark building providing world-class hospitality. We are thrilled Marketing Cheshire has chosen to host their awards with us this year.”
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Marketing Cheshire corporate website - www.whycheshire.com/aboutus/about-us/annual-awards and completed and submitted electronically.
More information about this and some useful guidelines can be found on the above web link.
Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
Best Tourism Event
Excellence in Business Tourism
Holiday Park of the Year
Large Hotel of the Year
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Small Hotel of the Year
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Taste of Cheshire
Tourism Experience of the Year
Rising Star Award
The final deadline for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday, September 21 with judging commencing the following week.