Dorset Tourism Awards 2019/20
Award Categories

Award Categories

Title Sponsors
Hints & Tips

Hints and Tips

Tourism Awards Workshops

To give entrants the best chance of success, a series of workshops have been laid on across the region, with tickets costing just £40pp.  Information and online booking for these is below:
19 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - New Room Bristol
20 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - Okehampton YHA, Devon 
21 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - National Trust - Trelissick, Cornwall 
25 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - Model Farm, Perry Green, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset 
28 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset 
29 March - Tourism Awards Workshop - Dartmoor National Park Authority 


We are delighted to announce that this years tourism awards are now open earlier than ever before, to give entrants time to complete their forms before the season starts in earnest. 

Headline Sponsors Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants' Partner Nick Fernyhough advised, “The county continues to improve its tourism offerings across the county and invest heavily in what is a key economic driver for Dorset.  The hard work and commitment of the team that brought Dippy the Dinosaur to Dorset, last year’s Outstanding Contribution winners, reflects this.  The depth and breadth of entries across the whole county in 2018 illustrated the diversity and high standards of the tourism product offering with something for everyone, young and old.

"The Awards continue to reflect the constant improvement in the tourism industry 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.” 

This year’s awards see brand new websites, new shorter entry forms and a new online entry process. You can download practice entry forms here so that you and your teams can draft your answers but the final version must be submited online here.

There is also an incentive for early entry, intended to encourage submissions between February Half Term and Easter. Our aim is to spread judging over a far longer period than in the past enabling us to plan judging visits when they are best both for entrants and our judges.

ENTER BY 29 MARCH – enter early and as long as your entry form scores a minimum of 75% we will guarantee you a judging visit (if entering in a category where we carry out visits).  Past entrants have always told us that they prefer to be judged on ‘the real thing’ rather than how well entry forms are completed and this will enable this to happen.

ENTER AFTER 29 MARCH BUT BEFORE 30 APRIL – if you don’t meet the early deadline then we will still accept your entry, but will only visit the top scoring entrants (often just the top 3 in any category)

NO EXTENSIONS – to be fair to early entrants and our volunteer judges we will NOT extend either of the above deadlines except in exceptional circumstances and for selected categories.

Good luck.

“The Awards continue to evolve in parallel with industry trends, with feedback from last year’s entrants telling us that 78% of Dorset entrants now take part for the independent feedback they receive. This year’s Awards see many further changes, with new websites, shorter entry forms and a new entry system, and we look forward to receiving as many entries as possible”

Organiser of the awards, Robin Barker

Entry is free, the programmes being funded by a range of sponsors and partners, and all entrants receive feedback.

If you have any queries about the awards please contact us -

Photos from last years ceremony can be downloaded free of charge from 

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