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PUBLISHED: 19:54 18 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:05 06 July 2010

THE search goes on to find the best tourism businesses in Waveney - and you can vote for your favourite attractions and destinations.

The Journal and the Beccles and Bungay Journal are again supporting the awards.

THE search goes on to find the best tourism businesses in Waveney - and you can vote for your favourite attractions and destinations.

The Journal and the Beccles and Bungay Journal are again supporting the awards. We've teamed up with Waveney Tourism Forum and want to hear readers' experiences.

The Sunrise Coast welcomes more than four million visitors to the area each year, and tourism is worth more than £235m to the local economy. Much of the industry's success can be accredited to the facili-ties we have around our area, from country hotels and stately homes to wildlife parks, traditional accommodation, theatres and theme parks.

This is the third year that the two newspapers have supported the awards. Previous winners have included Africa Alive! Britten House, Ivy House Country Hotel and Broad-land Holiday Village.

Kirsty Chapman, park operations manager at Africa Alive! at Kessing-land, said: “We were very proud to have received the Sunrise Coast Tourism Award for Best Large Attrac-tion in 2008. It is a reflection of the high quality and standards that our teams strive for, and we are proud to display our award for all of our visitors to see.”

This year, categories include: Best Bed and Break-fast, Best Hotel, Best Holiday Park, Best Small Attraction (under 10,000 visitors a year), and Best Large Attraction (more than 10,000 visitors a year). There is also a new award for museums and heritage venues.

We want you to nominate a business for the awards and encourage businesses to nominate themselves explaining why they should be considered for the award and share their experiences with readers.

Once all nominations are received, the judging panel will review the nominations and select finalists in each category. The judging panel, made up of members of

the tourism forum, The Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal, will review all nominations before announcing the winner at the Sunrise Coast Tourism Conference and awards on November 24.

The panel will look at business and organisations that exceed customer expec-tations, promote the use of local produce and suppliers and make efforts to become more sustainable.

To nominate a business for the awards, complete the form below and send it to: 2009 Sunrise Coast Tourism Awards, Lowestoft Journal, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft, NR32 1NB. Closing date for nomin-ations is October 24, 2009.

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