SELECT YOUR CATEGORY
If you require assistance in determining the right category for your business to enter, contact the Tourism Awards Coordinator.
REVIEW THE RULES FOR ENTRY
Carefully read the Rules for Entry to ensure that you, and your organisation or product, meet all the criteria for entry.
If you are from the region, read through the information on the page for Regional entrants
CONSIDER WHAT’S REQUIRED
Entering the Tourism Awards requires you to write a 30 page submission and respond to the questions in your category documentation.
Writing a Tourism Awards submission does take time. The process is an effective business planning activity, and will assist you to address the strengths and weaknesses of your business, as well as provide a review of your goals and achievements for the year.
You will be provided with plenty of support to complete the submission through workshops and mentoring. You can read more about support offered here.
In order to nominate, you need to create an account with eAwards (the online judging system).
Nomination attracts a non-refundable fee according to the following (we will invoice you once your nomination has been received):
Nomination fee: $99 (inc GST) – for businesses with 10 or fewer full time, permanent employees
Nomination fee: $275 (inc GST) – for businesses with 11 or more full time, permanent employees
Visitor Experience Award: $99 (inc GST) – for businesses who would like to take part in the visitor experience award (using outrate.com.au).
Please ensure the business/product/event name you enter when nominating is exactly how you wish to be listed on websites, certificates, at the gala dinner, etc. For example, nominate as Canberra and Region Visitor Information Centre, instead of CRVC or Canberra Visitor Info Centre.
JUDGES SITE VISIT
Entrants in the majority of categories will be visited by two judges for a site visit.
The purpose of the site visit is to assess your business and to verify claims you will make within the written submission. You are under no obligation to offer a free experience of your product, but you are welcome to offer this to the judges.
The judges’ site visit will be prearranged at a mutually convenient time and the judges have a proforma from which they work.
UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION
Your 30 page written submission will be due by 22 September 2016.
Before logging back into the eAwards portal to submit your entry, you will need to ensure you have prepared the following:
- 30 page written submission
- Ten promotional images – minimum 500dpi files in a JPEG format (these can replicate images you’ve used in your written submission – these images are used for AV purposes at the Gala event)
- 100 word promotional description
Late entries are not accepted.
Complete the Tourism Awards submission checklist to confirm you have completed everything required.
All withdrawals and entries not submitted by the deadline still require the payment of the nomination fee as per the terms and conditions accepted in the nomination process.
AFTER THE AWARDS
The results of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards are announced at a presentation event in November. Not all categories will necessarily be awarded on the evening, dependent on the scores achieved by the entrants in each category.
Winners in categories 1-25 at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards then go on to compete as finalists at the Australian Tourism Awards.
By entering the Canberra Region Tourism Awards, you authorise the use and/or reproduction of images and the 100 word description provided in relation to any editorial/advertising purposes initiated in conjunction with the awards and the Australian Tourism Awards.
Your contact details may also be supplied to agencies engaged on behalf of award organisers/committees for promotional purposes.
Under no circumstances will judges be held responsible for any comment, viewpoint or expression, whether expressed or implied, concerning the standard or quality of an entrant’s submission. By ticking the terms and conditions box (when submitting), you agree not to bring a claim against any judge, or the Canberra Region Tourism Awards committee, in relation to feedback on your submission.
KEEPING IT FAIR
To ensure consistency and fairness in judging, the Rules for Entry must be strictly adhered to. Failure to follow the Rules for Entry may result in disqualification at the discretion of the Chair of Judges.
All information submitted is strictly confidential. All persons, for example the Tourism Awards Coordinator and judges, who may come into contact with your submission, are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
The decision of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards judging panel, and the Australian Tourism Awards judging panel, is final. Any grievance, in the first instance, should be forwarded to the attention of:
Tourism Awards Coordinator
National Capital Attractions Association
Unit 1/15 Hall Street,
Lyneham ACT 2602
Or you can raise your grievance with the Chair of Judges via the above address.