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2016/17 Dorset Tourism Awards

See Event Video of 2015 event HERE

With 165 entries already logged, entry into most categories in this year's awards is now closed, but there is a later deadline of 26th August for entries in 3 selected categories:

  • International Visitor Experience – for businesses going the extra mile in welcoming visitors from overseas
  • Unsung Hero Award for Customer Service – for an individual who goes the extra mile in delivering outstanding service
  • Tourism Event and Festival – for events and festivals that help bring visitors to the area and enhance their stay

In addition, we are continuing to accept B&B and Glamping entries until 29th June.

This year sees the shortening of entry forms, reflecting the fact that most of the judging is based on visits.

Headline sponsors of the Dorset Tourism Awards is Saffery Champness. Nick Fernyhough, Partner, says: “We are delighted to be the Headline Sponsor for yet another year for these prestigious Awards which reward excellence in this essential sector of the Dorset economy. We really like how the Dorset Tourism Awards have expanded to reflect the changing shape of tourism.”

The Awards website includes new case studies from recent finalists, each of them sharing their top tips on why businesses should enter and how to win:

Owen Williams from The Balincourt in Bournemouth says: “Winning the tourism awards gave the whole team at the Balincourt a huge sense of achievement. Being judged by experienced assessors gave us a perspective on how much progress we’d actually made in improving all aspects of our business, and the areas where we could do even better. We would recommend anyone in the tourism industry to take part.”

Kate Davies of Moors Valley Country Park says: "We were thrilled with our awards last year, especially considering the high calibre of the other entrants. The Dorset Tourism Awards have been a wonderful opportunity for us to take a fresh and considered look at our visitor offer and customer journey from start to finish. The feedback from the judges’ visits has been very useful."

The Dorset awards sit alongside the Cornwall, Devon, new Bristol, Bath & Somerset, and South West awards. These are independent, but linked in that winners from the county awards are fast-tracked into the South West awards, with most South West winners submitted to the national VisitEngland awards. Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback.