Dorset Tourism Awards 2018
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