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Finalists announced for Dorset Tourism Awards 2014

38 of Dorset’s leading tourism businesses have been selected as finalists in this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards which will be presented at The Tank Museum on 16th October. 

The Dorset Tourism Awards were launched in 2013, and have gone to new heights this year with an increase in both categories and entries.  Their main aim is to raise the profile of Dorset as a destination and recognise its top quality and progressive tourism businesses.

The Awards saw an increased 67 entries across 16 categories, with each going through a three-stage judging process.  Firstly each entry was pored over and scored by tourism professionals; secondly, a programme of visits were carried out, leading to recommendations for each category; and finally these recommendations were considered by an independent panel. Finalists were selected from across the county with businesses from Lyme Regis, Poole, Weymouth, Cranborne, Sherborne and Bournemouth amongst the list.

Andrew Alder of headline sponsors Saffery Champness and a member of the judging panel said: “We have been delighted by the high standard of entrants and the quality of their submissions.  It’s quite clear from all the hard work and commitment of the businesses involved that these awards have captured the imagination of the regional tourism industry and the accolades they bring. We were particularly pleased by the entries for the Entrepreneurs Category which we helped to introduce this year. A big thank you for everyone’s time and effort.

Robin Barker of Services for Tourism, who created and manage the awards programme, commented: “It is a real delight seeing the increase in entries this year, along with the commitment to quality shown by all concerned.  The judges have faced some very difficult decisions and I congratulate all entrants for their vision, drive and dedication.”

Finalists must now wait until the Dorset Tourism Awards ceremony on 16th October at the Tank Museum, Bovington, to find out whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

Successful businesses in the Dorset Awards will automatically be considered for the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2015 and then possibly go on to represent Dorset at the National Enjoy England Awards later in the year.

FULL LIST OF FINALISTS

Sponsored by Saffery Champness www.saffery.com

(In alphabetic order)       

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Clockwork Hospitality www.clockworkhospitality.co.uk

VENUE & BUSINESS TOURISM AWARD

Sponsored by Darren Northeast PR www.darrennortheast.co.uk

HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Linsar  www.linsar.com 

SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Resort 2015 Magazine  www.resortmarketing.co.uk 

BED & BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Linsar  www.linsar.com 

TOURISM INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR

TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Humphries Kirk  www.hklaw.eu

TOURISM ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Saffery Champness www.saffery.com

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bournemouth University – School of Tourism www.bournemouth.ac.uk/tourism

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by NatWest  www.natwest.com

EATING OUT AWARD

Sponsored by A Head for PR www.aheadforpr.co.uk

SELF CATERING ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by e-Strategy  www.e-strategy.net

TOURISM PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Italian Villa www.the-italian-villa.co.uk

LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Take One Media www.takeonemedia.co.uk

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Sponsored by Source for Business - www.sourceforbusiness.co.uk

  • To be announced on the night