Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award - South West Tourism Awards
26th April 2021
On 22nd April South West Tourism Awards announced an Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award, sponsored by Bristol Airport.
The recipients were: The Great South West Tourism Partnership Group (Spokespeople Amanda Lumley MTMI (TMI President) and Destination Plymouth, Alistair Handyside - South West Tourism Alliance)
The Great South West Tourism Partnership is made up of organisations from a range of backgrounds including commercial, not for profit business, local authorities and business improvement districts. The group works together to build a stronger, more productive and valuable tourism and hospitality network for the South West Region.
Robin Barker, FTMI and previous TMI President, made this announcement:
'I am honoured and privileged to announce the winners of this year’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.
The past year has been extraordinary – and for many of us life-changing, and often more about survival than simply delivering excellence. But throughout it all a new force has emerged for tourism across the South West – a force that has dedicated days, weeks, even months to help tourism businesses in the region.
This force has:
- Lobbied government for rule changes, tax changes, more support, clarifications and funding
- Lobbied your MPs and twisted dozens of arms to get behind this region’s top industry
- Engaged with ministers to present the case for tourism and what it brings to the region and country
- Involved the region’s LEPs and Councils to get behind us
- Liaised closely with DCMS and government departments to inform and educate them
- Undertaken research to inform everyone of the impacts of COVID and the industry’s requirements
- Communicated, communicated and communicated – at all times doing the utmost to make sure this industry has stayed aware of a constantly changing environment and the daily rule changes
It has not just lobbied, but has seen success too! I am personally convinced that ‘the force’ was instrumental in such changes as:
- The changing of social distance rules from 2 to 1 metre
- The reduction in VAT from 20 to 5%
- The additional grants to businesses that were excluded from the first tranches of support
- Increased payouts from insurance companies
‘The force’ comprises a group of tourism leaders who have met online every week, or at least every fortnight, for over a year – with huge amounts of work going on between meetings. It has seen dozens of people involved at different stages – you’ll know who you are – with its most regular and active participants being:
- Amanda Lumley MTMI, Destination Plymouth,TMI President
- Alistair Handyside, PASC and SWTA
- Malcolm Bell FTMI, VisitCornwall
- Becky Davies MTMI, Torbay Development Agency
- Sally Everton MTMI, VisitDevon
- Emma Thomasson, VisitExmoor
- Giles Adams and John Turner, VisitSomerset
- Martin Cox, Dorset Tourism Association
- Carolyn Custerson MTMI, English Riviera
- .. plus countless others, to whom I apologise for not mentioning you here.
‘The Force’ has recently morphed into a body referred to as ‘The Great South West Tourism Partnership’ and I am delighted to announce that they are the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award.