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STOP PRESS – Deadline for entry extended to Midnight on 5 June (or 22 August for selected categories). With half term looming for many, alongside the pressures of meeting the deadline for GDPR compliance, we have responded to requests for more time and have extended the deadline for entry into this year’s awards.  Existing entrants may wish to use the time to review or further hone their entries. 

This year’s Dorset Tourism Awards are now open for entry - and businesses are invited to enter by the extended deadline of midnight on 5 June.

After a record year in which the region’s tourism awards schemes attracted 647 entries, the 2018/19 awards have been launched and hospitality businesses across Dorset are invited to enter.

2018 sees several changes, reflecting the constantly changing nature of tourism.  There is a new category for Tourism Innovation and New Business, the former Sustainable Tourism category has been widened to look at additional areas such as employment and use of plastics, and there are many criteria changes which you can see here. The single biggest change is the earlier launch date, responding to industry requests for the chance to prepare entries at a quieter time of year.

The Awards launch follows just days after the announcement of Dorset’s success in the final event of the 2017/18 awards when two Dorset entrants were announced as finalists in the national VisitEngland awards:

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Moors Valley Country Park & Forest - moors-valley.co.uk
New Tourism Business Award - Loose Reins - loosereins.co.uk

A survey of 2017/18 awards entrants has been used to further develop and refine the awards process, with entrants highlighting that their main reason for taking part was to help raise the quality of their businesses and for the free feedback provided. This has led to a programme of ‘Tourism Excellence’ workshops, helping businesses move to yet higher levels and giving them the best chances of awards successPlease click on the links below for more details.

16 May 2018 - Larkbeare Grange, near Exeter

23 May 2018 - Highlands End Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset

24 May 2018 - HRU - Brean Leisure, Somerset

Headline Sponsor Saffery Champness, Chartered Accountants, Partner, Nick Fernyhough advised, “The county continues to improve its tourism infrastructure and invest heavily in what is a key economic driver for Dorset.  The success of the Jurassic Coast Team at last year’s Awards and the recognition that Bournemouth Beach has recently received, after being named ‘best beach in the UK’ by TripAdvisor and 5th best in Europe, emphasises the outstanding natural features that Dorset has to offer.  The Awards continue to reflect the constant improvement in the tourism industry in the county and Saffery Champness Accountants are delighted to be headline sponsors for yet another year.  We are looking forward to recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements by Dorset businesses.”

Organiser of the awards Robin Barker says: “Feedback from last year’s entrants tells us that the Awards are increasing in their relevance and our suggestions for the future met with an enthusiastic response.”

Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback. The extended deadline for entering the awards is midnight on 5 June for all categories except Customer Service Superstar and Tourism Events and Festivals which close on 22 August; in a change to previous years we are asking businesses that wish to enter Events and Festivals to register now at awards@services4tourism.co.uk.

If you have any queries about the awards please contact us - awards@services4tourism.co.uk

Photos from last years ceremony can be downloaded free of charge from http://nickwilliamsphotographer.co.uk/p90363110 and a short film HERE

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