Dorset Tourism Awards 2020/21
Award Categories

Award Categories

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Hints & Tips

Hints and Tips


We are running a series of two hour workshops on how to be the best and win awards at venues across the South West. They are designed to help ensure that your application is the best it can be as well as hearing about what’s new, reasons for entry, and sharing in our tips for success.  Full details and online booking links are below.  Many venues are themselves recent award winners – and some have very limited capacity – so please book without delay.  Places are £25 per person inc VAT.

The 2020/21 Tourism Awards will open for entry on 2 March. By then this website will be updated with full category and criteria information, schedules and links to online entry.  We will also suggest a weekly schedule of suggested action by entrants, with judging starting as soon as entries are submitted.  Entrants are strongly advised to plan for ‘early’ rather than ‘last minute’ – and we recommend every entrant to have everything ready by late March (we will advise final deadlines later).

Mar 11  10.30 to 1300 – North Hayne Farm, South Molton, Devon

Mar 16  1400-1600 – Shire Hall, Dorchester, Dorset

Mar 17  1300-1500 – Ham Hill, Somerset

Mar 17  1400-1600 – Ladram Bay, Devon

Mar 23 – 1000-1200 – Boconnoc, Cornwall

Mar 23 – 1400-1600 – Home Park, Plymouth

Mar 23 – 1400-1600 – Cary Arms, English Riviera, Devon

Mar 30 – 1400-1600 – Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth

Mar 31 – 1400-1600 – Barley Wood, Somerset

1 April – 10.30 to 12.30 – Great Western Hotel, Taunton (to be confirmed)

In addition we are speaking at several industry events during March.  These will normally be 10 to 30 minute updates with the chance for 1 to 1s afterwards – so not as comprehensive as the workshops:

March 12 afternoon, Glastonbury Tourism Symposium

March 16  1000-1200 – VisitExmoor AGM

March 24 1000-1200 - South Somerset Leaflet Exchange, Haynes Motor Museum

March 24-25 – Isles of Scilly – 24th St Agnes and St Martins, 25th St Marys and Bryher

March 26  - 1400-1630 - VisitDorset Conference on ‘Helping Your Tourism Business to Thrive’ - Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Dorset

April 1 – 0930-1600 - Tamar Valley Tourism Conference - Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, Devon

We hope to see you at one or more events during March / erly April.

“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 -

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