Visit Kent Tourism Awards


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Launched in 2017, the Kent Tourism Awards, in association with Go To Places, is a consumer facing, annual awards scheme for tourism businesses in Kent.

Kent's tourism businesses and the 77,000 people employed in the industry, drive the 3.8 billion visitor economy. The Kent Tourism Awards are designed to recognise and champion the talented individuals behind these businesses, their dedication and hard work.

The scheme is all about motivating tourism businesses to create compelling experiences and adopt best practice. It rewards exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding overall visitor experiences.

Following an initial round of judging by an expert panel, the winners are decided by a round of mystery shopping. Eligible winners will automatically feed up to the Visit England national Awards for Excellence scheme.

This year, there are 11 categories to represent the wide range of tourism businesses found in Kent.


Why enter?

  • It’s free! There is no entry fee for tourism businesses located in Kent
  • Winners will automatically be entered into the national Awards for Excellence operated by Visit England.
  • All applications will receive some feedback from our judges.
  • Finalists will receive additional feedback based on the mystery shopping visit by the judges.
  • Award winners and finalists gain a competitive edge through recognition of their commitment to excellence and quality standards
  • Award-winning businesses can attract high-quality staff and help increase staff motivation, loyalty and commitment
  • 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- remember that all entrants will receive valuable feedback from the judges
  • Be recognised as an outstanding tourism operator and raise your business profile and reputation·        

How to enter?

The Kent Tourism Awards entries will be opening on the 14th June 2019. Click here to find out more on how to enter. 


2018 winners

The 2018 Kent Tourism Awards winners were:



2018 Winner

Rest Your Head Award

Small Accommodation Provider of the Year (includes B&B's, Self-Catering and Glamping accommodation)

Leeds Castle B&B, Maidstone 

Taste & Tell 

Taste of Kent of the Year

The Dog at Wingham 

Big Sleep Award

Large Accommodation Provider of the Year (includes hotels and large holiday parks)

Hotel du Vin, Royal Tunbridge Wells 

Big Day Out Award

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Wingham Wildlife Park 

Hidden Gem Award

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden 

Raising the Bar Award

Tourism Pub of the Year

The Dog at Wingham 

Lasting Impression Award

Ultimate Tourism Experience of the Year (includes events, festivals, shopping, art/culture)

Dreamland, Margate 


This event was generously supported by the following sponsors:

  • Brachers
  • Southeastern
  • Quinn Estates
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Pillory Barn