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This year’s Dorset Tourism Awards are now open - and businesses are invited to enter by the deadline of midnight on 12th June.

After an outstanding year, seeing record entries and winners, the Awards cycle has now re-started and top hospitality businesses across Dorset are invited to submit their entries.

This year seas plenty of changes & new categories:

  • There is a new category for Access & Inclusivity, and a change of emphasis in the Unsung Hero award.
  • Focusing on overseas visitors, there’s a new category for International Visitor Experience, and
  • The Eating Out category has been split into Restaurants and Cafes.

Awards Director Robin Barker, says: “The last year has seen all records broken and fantastic feedback from entrants. The Awards are making a difference and I’d urge all Dorset tourism businesses to ‘have a go’. As one of last year’s winners says in the ‘Tips from Past Entrants’ section: ‘Most of all, just do it. Whether you win or not, just going through the process is a useful exercise for any business. You have nothing to lose!’ Hear Hear!"

Andrew Alder of title sponsors Saffery Champness adds: “Saffery’s have been involved from the launch of the Dorset Tourism Awards and have been delighted to see their year-on-year development and impact. They have helped raise the profile of Dorset, have enabled Dorset businesses to win awards both regionally and nationally, and have helped raise the quality of the Dorset visitor experience. We look forward to seeing more entries and yet higher standards in 2015.”

The awards launch come fresh from the Dorset’s record success in February’s South West Awards, when Dorset businesses picked up 17 regional awards & accolades, with 2 of these going on to be finalists in the national VisitEngland finals to be announced in May. We wish them well.

The deadline for entering the awards is midnight on 12th June, but businesses are encouraged to start preparing now and not leave it to the last minute. See How to Enter section to start the process.