Dorset Tourism Awards 2018

Dorset - - Social Diary -

A record 72 tro­phies in 27 cat­e­gories were pre­sented to tourism busi­nesses from across the county at the 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards, held at Light­house Poole. This year’s guest speaker was lo­cally -based ac­tor, co­me­dian and im­pres­sion­ist De­bra Stephen­son who en­ter­tained the ca­pac­ity au­di­ence with some of her most fa­mous im­pres­sions be­fore guests en­joyed a Dorset-in­spired din­ner from the mul­ti­award-win­ning Beales Gourmet team.

Cre­ate at the Cove took Gold for the in­au­gu­ral New Tourism Busi­ness cat­e­gory, with Tourism In­no­va­tion Gold go­ing to Shire Hall His­toric Court­house Mu­seum in Dorch­ester. The in­au­gu­ral award for Re­spon­si­ble, Eth­i­cal and Sus­tain­able Tourism went to Bag­well Farm Tour­ing Park. Dorset County Mu­seum and the Juras­sic Coast Trust who brought Dippy the diplodocus to Dorset won both Tourism Event of the Year and the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Tourism award. Dougie Ma­can­drew from Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park was pre­sented with the Out­stand­ing Cus­tomer Ser­vice award.

The pres­ti­gious Win­ner of Win­ners tro­phy went to Dorset House bed and break­fast in Lyme Regis, who also picked up a Gold award for the third suc­ces­sive year. Dorset Tourism Award win­ners will go through to the South West Tourism Ex­cel­lence Awards in Fe­bru­ary 2019. Find out more at dorset­touris­mawards.org.uk.

Nell Bar­ring­ton and Robin Barker or­gan­is­ers of the Dorset Tourism Awards with De­bra Stephen­son

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