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Finalists Announced for 11th Dorset Tourism Awards

The Finalists have been announced for this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards which will be presented in Weymouth Pavilion on 1 February 2024.

62 finalists have been announced for this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards following five months of judging.  All will be in suspense until the Awards Ceremony in Weymouth Pavilion, when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. A further three special awards will also be announced and eight will be rewarded with Commended status.

The annual competition is now in its 11th year, with changes every year to categories and criteria, reflecting the constant innovation and reinvention across the industry.  This year’s awards took ever greater account of entrants’ commitment to accessibility and inclusion, including mental health, as well as the environment and community.  The awards organisers were also pleased to retain their own ‘Outstanding’ accreditation in the Awards TrustMark scheme.

Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Weymouth Pavilion on 1 February 2024, with successful businesses in most categories fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in March 2024 and possibly invited to represent Dorset in the 2024 national VisitEngland Awards.

The Visit Dorset tourism team congratulated the finalists: “The team would like to wish the very best of luck to all the finalists in this years’ Dorset Tourism Awards. It’s great to recognise their amazing work and the fantastic experiences that they provide for all visitors to Dorset.”

Awards organiser Robin Barker of Services for Tourism commented: “I well remember the audience reaction at the very first Dorset Awards – delight that Dorset at last had an awards scheme of their own – and after the tough few years the industry has been through I fully expect more delight in February.  Many congratulations to everyone.”

Award categories cover everything from dog friendly, new tourism business, and accessible and inclusive tourism to restaurants, glamping, hotels and pubs. A Winner of Winners title, an Unsung Hero award and a special Future of Hospitality award will also be presented on the night.

For a full list of finalists please click here.