How to Enter
Overview of the changes to the 2021 awards program
Elements of the program have been modified in line with the business challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 12 months
- The qualifying period will incorporate the past 2 years from: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021
- The total word count is reduced to 8,000 words
- Five categories have been renamed
- An online review and consumer rating score will now contribute to the final score
- Many question changes reflect the exceptional circumstances over the qualifying period with a focus on resilience and innovation
- A new Judges Choice Award will recognise a finalist who has demonstrated great resilience
Select your category
View all the full list of categories and corresponding questions.
If you require assistance in determining the right category for your business to enter, contact the Canberra Region Tourism Awards Manager.
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.
Consider what is required
Entering the Canberra Region Tourism Awards in 2021 requires you to write a submission of up to 8,000 words and respond to the questions in your category documentation.
In 2021 a workshop will be offered! At this engaging workshop, entrants will learn more about the process and how to prepare a winning entry. Information on how to book will be advertised.
Submission Review (August)
Our experienced, independent reviewer will read your draft submission and provide a written report detailing areas for improvement and enhancement against each question answered. Information on how to book will be advertised.
Entrants will have the opportunity to book their preferred date to book in to have their submission reviewed. Entrants will then have time before the submission due date to incorporate feedback and suggestions.
Terms and Conditions: Payments by invoice must be made within 14 days of nominating. All withdrawals and entries not submitted by the deadline still require the payment of the nomination fee.
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 one or 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.
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
Please ensure your submission is lodged to the online portal. Late entries will not be accepted.
After the awards
The results of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards are announced at the Gala event held in November. Winners and/or commendation recipients may not be awarded in every category on the evening. This is dependent on the scores achieved by entrants. Winners in categories 1-25 at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards then go on to compete as finalists at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
All information submitted is strictly confidential. All persons, for example the Tourism Awards Coordinators and judges who may come into contact with your submission, are each required to sign a confidentiality agreement and at no time will your submission be downloaded.
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 Qantas 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 on submitting your entry, you agree not to bring a claim against any judge, mentor, VisitCanberra or the National Capital Attractions Association, in relation to feedback on your submission.
All submissions are independently scored by three members of the judging panel. Results are correlated by an independent auditor and Chair of Judges and an agreement reached on the winner with the judging panel. An agreed minimum score must be determined for a winner or commendation to be announced in a category. A single entrant category does not guarantee the entrant as a winning entry.