SINGAPORE, 9 May 2016: Singapore’s prestigious awards for the tourism industry return with additional categories and consumer voting mechanism this year.
In addition to celebrating exceptional experiences, there will be a new category to recognise tourism enterprise excellence in the industry.
For the first time, the public will be able to nominate deserving organisations for the awards, and not just frontline staff whom they deemed to have delivered exceptional experiences.
“The Singapore Tourism Awards is an integral part of STB’s efforts to raise the tourism sector’s competitiveness by inspiring organisations and individuals to create compelling experiences or adopt best practices,” said Singapore Tourism Board executive director, communications & marketing capability, Oliver Chong.
“To ensure sustainable growth of our tourism sector, we need to not only continue to raise the bar in experience delivery, but also drive business innovation. Hence, the expansion of award categories reflects the emphasis that we are also placing on pursuing enterprise excellence in tourism,” he added.
Organised by the Singapore Tourism Board and supported by seven  tourism industry associations, the Singapore Tourism Awards are open for nominations until 1 June.
Singapore Tourism Awards categories:
Five main award categories:
Up to 30 awards within the five categories could be conferred on organisations and individuals that have achieved excellence in the tourism experience or enterprise.
New for 2016 is the category of Enterprise Excellence, under which are the Best Marketing Idea and Best Business Innovation awards.
Best Business Innovation is a new award that could be accorded to any tourism or travel-related organisation that has achieved higher productivity, sales or delivered greater customer satisfaction through innovation in product, process, service and organisation.
With the exceptions of Best Business Event Champion, Special Recognition and Top Awards, all other award categories are open for public nomination.
The public can make their nominations online at the Singapore Tourism Awards website: www.singaporetourismawards.com.
Public nomination forms specifically for the Customer Service category can be found at participating attractions, hotels, nightspots, retail and dining establishments as well as the Singapore Visitors Centre.
Organisations can also self-nominate for the Experience Excellence, Enterprise Excellence and Customer Service categories through the Singapore Tourism Awards website.
The nomination period will close on 1 June 2016, after which evaluations will be conducted by a panel of local and international judges. Recipients will be announced in October 2016 at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2016 ceremony.
For more information on Singapore Tourism Awards, please visit www.singaporetourismawards.com.
 Formerly Singapore Experience Awards.
 The associations are: Association of Singapore Attractions, Singapore Hotel Association, Singapore Retailers Association, Restaurant Association of Singapore, Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers, National Association of Travel Agents Singapore, and Singapore Nightlight Business Association.