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2017 DORSET TOURISM AWARDS 

This year’s Dorset Tourism Awards are now closed and the 2017/18 awards entries are now in their judging phase.

With entries now closed organisers have announced a record year for entries into the Tourism Awards across the South West, supported by headline sponsors Saffery Champness.

This year’s awards have attracted 644 entries across the South West, 6% more than in 2016, with a record 123 entries from Devon.

All entries are now undergoing a three-stage judging process, starting with examination of entry forms and digital activities, followed by visits from mystery visitors and ending with decisions taken by independent panels. Finalists will be announced in early October with the Dorset Tourism Awards event on 16th November, the South West finale in February and the national VisitEngland awards in April.

Awards organiser Robin Barker said: “We work hard each year to develop the awards to keep them relevant to the fast-changing world of tourism and are always delighted when our efforts are rewarded with increased entries.

“One of our aims is for the South West to maintain its position as England’s top region for quality, winning more awards than any other region in the national VisitEngland awards; we have achieved this for the last five years and with the quality of this year’s entrants will be endeavouring to do so again.”

Headline sponsors Saffery Champness Partner Nick Fernyhough says “Saffery Champness are very impressed at the record number of entries that have been received this year - a significant increase on previous years and indicative of the importance of tourism to the economy in Dorset. The quality of entries has also been incredibly high which is really pleasing to see.”

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