TOURIST businesses that help save the county’s wildlife are being invited to go for a top tourism award.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust has teaming up with Visit Cornwall to promote its popular Wildlife Friendly Business Award category.
It is part of the upcoming Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013 and the deadline for nominations closes at the end of August.
Malcolm Bell, head of the tourist service Visit Cornwall, said: “I am delighted that Cornwall Wildlife Trust is supporting our Cornwall Tourism Awards for a second year.
“Their focus on young families being involved with wildlife chimes with the interest of many tourist attractions and accommodation providers, whose business is enhanced by involving children and their families in Cornwall’s environment and its flora and fauna.”
The Trust’s award, sponsored by local business Handykam.com based in Redruth, seeks to inspire a greater recognition by the tourist industry of the value of our environment in attracting many families to Cornwall in the first place.
Keith Hambly-Staite, chairman of the Trust’s marketing and fundraising committee added: “We are pleased to be working with Visit Cornwall again which provides us with an opportunity to promote the tourist industry and to recognise its work in helping to protect and improve the county’s environment and its wildlife.
“I hope a good number of individual businesses will respond to our invitation to take part in our category and also help us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary of the Trust’s youth membership Fox Club.”
The Wildlife Friendly Business Award category gives the tourism business sector the opportunity to promote the work that many attractions and accommodation providers are doing to conserve and enhance the county’s wildlife for the enjoyment of their guests.
Mike Nash, director of Handykam.com said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Wildlife Friendly Business Award again this year.
“Over the years we have helped many businesses use the latest wildlife cameras to monitor wildlife as well as promote themselves to the world.
“We are passionate supporters of the Trust and believe that technology is a great way of protecting and enjoying the natural world around us.”
Last year’s gold winners of the category were Portreath-based Gwel an Mor. Trenython Manor of Tywardreath gained the silver and Wild Futures of Looe achieved the bronze.
Entries for the ‘Wildlife Friendly Business Award’ are welcome until Friday, August 30.
Nominations for the Tourism Superstar award, which recognises individuals and teams that regularly ‘go the extra mile’, will also be accepted until this date.
Entries for the remaining categories have now closed. For details of how to apply, please visit www.cornwalltourismawards.co.uk. You can also find out more at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/awards.