Cartoon Museum up for Tourism Award

The Cartoon Museum by Sam Jacob Studio. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2019

The Cartoon Museum has been shortlisted by the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) for the award for ‘Best UK & Ireland Tourism Project’ in the ‘BGTW International Tourism Awards 2020’.

These prestigious awards recognise excellence in tourism projects in the UK and across the world that members of
the BGTW have visited in the course of their travels and which they believe deserve wider recognition. Projects must have started or opened within the last three years.

During October 2020 the nominated tourism projects and initiatives were voted on by all the members of the BGTW.
Director of The Cartoon Museum, Joe Sullivan said: “We are delighted to be recognised by the British Guild of Travel Writers, and excited to receive the nomination. Our unique, nationally-important collection provides enjoyment and laughter while also holding up a lens to social issues and politics, something that is essential to do in modern times. We have a close community of cartoon and comic creators that we work with, and with our fantastic new site we are able to display more of our collection, run better workshops and events, and welcome more visitors.”

The Cartoon Museum was nominated by travel writer and BGTW member Kathy Arnold. Kathy said: “In its new Central London home, this nationally-important collection of 4,300 cartoons, comics and caricatures provides thought-provoking laugh after laugh. The main exhibition, curated by cartoonist Steve Bell, showcases 300 years of Britain’s gift to the world: searing political and social cartoons.”

Simon Willmore, BGTW chairman, says: “Each year our members nominate tourism projects and initiatives that they have visited and feel deserve wider notice. Being shortlisted as a finalist is not only an achievement in its own right, but also recognition of the important role the tourism project/initiative plays in attracting visitors and boosting the
region’s/area’s visitor economy.”

The winners of the BGTW International Tourism Awards are due to be announced on 21 March 2021 at The Savoy in
central London.

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