The 46 finalists for the 2010 Enjoy England Awards for Excellence have been chosen from the 129 regional winners submitted by regional tourist boards.
Highlighting the best of English tourism, the 21-year-old awards ceremony includes conferencing and event venues such as Imago at Burleigh Court, Loughborough, National Maritime Museum and Excel London, The International Convention Centre, Birmingham and the Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool.
The awards ceremony take place at the Corn Exchange in The Brighton Dome on 23 April in celebration of St George’s Day.
The quality of green tourism businesses is also on the up this year, as the sustainable tourism award category has become one of the most popular for entrants.
This year sees the launch of the Where Else but England award celebrate those events or experiences that are truly unique to England. Public regional voting is ongoing with contenders such as gravy wrestling in Lancashire through to asparagus fortune telling in Evesham.
VisitEngland chairman Lady Cobham and chair of the judging panel said: “Our tourism awards showcase the wealth of quality and affordable holiday experiences on offer in England today. The judges were impressed with the continued investment made by tourism businesses across all categories in spite of the recession.”