Visit England Awards for Excellence 2017

Entries for the 2017 Awards of Excellence are now open!

A great opportunity for you and your business/ organisation to be recognised and awarded for providing excellence.

Help represent the region and showcase the outstanding accommodation, attractions, experiences etc that the Peak District and Derbyshire have to offer!

More reasons to apply?

  • The Awards recognise and reward business and people working in the tourism and hospitality industry, and help raise the profile and importance of the industry.
  • Award winners gain a competitive edge through recognition of their commitment to excellence and quality standards.
  • Significant press and PR coverage can be gained at local and national level. For those making the shortlist and those successful in becoming winners, special media packs are provided.
  • Winners/finalists receive VisitEngland Awards for Excellence logos to use in their marketing.
  • All finalists will receive either a trophy and certificate or a certificate.
  • All finalists will have the right to purchase and display a plaque denoting their Award.
  • Entering the Awards is a positive, open and motivating way to recognise and reward your staff and their contribution to the business.
  • Award winning businesses can attract high quality staff and help increase staff motivation, loyalty and commitment of existing staff.
  • Simply entering the Awards is a win win situation. Completing an application is an excellent management tool and helps businesses focus on key aspects of managing the business and how they can develop and improve in the future. In addition, all finalists will get valuable feedback from the judges.

AND the application forms are shorter this year!

Who can enter and how?

  • The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are open to tourism businesses and tourism support organisations which meet the published criteria for the award category or categories they are entering
  • This year, you can enter directly into the VisitEngland Awards Scheme.
  • There is no requirement for your business to be quality assessed by VisitEngland or any other assessing body.
  • There is no cost to enter.
  • You can enter as many categories as you wish, providing you meet the criteria.
  • Applications can be completed online once open on 24th  August 2016.

For more details on who can enter visit the website

Not sure which category you can apply for? Visit the VisitEngland FAQ page

Categories for 2017 are:


  • Afternoon Tea of the Year
  • Bed and Breakfast of the Year
  • Boutique / Guest Accommodation of the Year
  • Business Tourism Award
  • GREAT China Welcome of the Year
  • Dog Friendly Business of the Year
  • Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year
  • Family Friendly Attraction of the Year
  • Family Friendly Food & Drink Business of the Year
  • Glamping Provider of the Year
  • Guided Tour of the Year
  • Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year
  • Hotel of the Year
  • Inclusive Tourism Award
  • Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
  • Self Catering Property of the Year
  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Sustainable Tourism Award
  • Taste of England Award
  • Tourism Pub of the Year

What are the judges looking for?

Great reviews and testimonials

Innovative marketing

An engaging website

A concise and positive application form

 *Remember:where possible, link to your website instead of attaching PDFs or photos

What do the judges like?



Superb people skills

Nothing too much trouble


Good humour

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