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Chance for Nottinghamshire’s tourism industry to shine: 2012 STARS Awards

The hunt is officially on for Nottinghamshire’s tourism STARS, with the opening of nominations for this year’s county-wide tourism awards.

The STARS Awards, launched in 2006 by Experience Nottinghamshire and supported by ITV Central, celebrate the individuals and businesses who make an outstanding contribution to the leisure, culture, tourism and hospitality sectors in Nottinghamshire. Winners will be named at an awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham on Thursday 21 June 2012.

For the first time the awards will be combined with the regional heat of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, putting them on the national stage. The new categories associated with the VisitEngland Awards are:

• Best accommodation provider
• Best visitor attraction
• Best conference venue

“2012 is a big year for tourism in England, and our county is rich in people and organisations who go the extra mile when it comes to making the visitor experience truly great,” said Catherine Walls, Membership Account Manager, Experience Nottinghamshire.

“Linking the awards to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence gives our local tourism businesses the chance for national recognition – it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we have here in Nottinghamshire.”

In total the STARS Awards feature 12 categories, including the ‘Unsung Hero’ award, recognising someone who makes a difference through their passion and dedication. In 2011, the Unsung Hero award went to Ray Teece, from http://www.nottingham21.co.uk/, who was awarded for his impressive Nottingham photo project.

Other winners in 2011 included Matthew Roe from G4 Inns in Beeston – named the Most Promising Trainee, and Alison Turner from Jurys Inn Nottingham – named Outstanding Young Manager.
The closing date for entries is 5pm on 30 April 2012. Information on the awards and how to enter is available at: http://www.nottinghamshirestars.org.uk

Local businesses also have the opportunity to present an award or sponsor part of the presentation ceremony – which will draw a crowd of 300 people. Michael Wisher & Associates and New College Nottingham are already on board. Call Catherine Walls on 0115 962 8300 for more information.

NOTE: Winners from 2011 awards are available for interview. Images from 2011 Awards Ceremony are available upon request.

Posted on 29 March 2012

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