The wait is finally over. The Bournemouth Tourism Awards can now reveal the finalists of the 2017 award categories.
Following on from the Semi-Finals held at Oasis Fun, Bournemouth, the judges which included trade professionals and sponsors, spent days deliberating which of the Semi-Finalists should make it through to the Finals and selecting the top businesses and individuals. The public votes have also been cast for the 4 voting categories: Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast, Rising Star, Bar Personality of the Year and The Afternoon Tea Award, which resulted in a record number of votes.
The 17 categories, which includes the brand new Green Initiative Award sponsored by Waste Management Facilities, celebrates those businesses and people who go out of their way to deliver a ‘green’ service or invention in the Tourism industry.
Said Jackie Phillipson from ROUTEpr and the BTAs, “These awards are only possible thanks to the support of the industry as well as the amazing support received from our sponsors and partners – it is important that we continue to celebrate and reward the hard-working industry professionals that contribute significantly to Bournemouth’s offering as a leading tourist destination in the UK.”
Des Simmons, Chair of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board (BTMB) and Managing Director of Bournecoast Ltd said: “This year it has been tougher than ever to choose the finalists and the winners for each category, most especially with the number of nominations and entries received.
There are so many amazing businesses within Bournemouth and the surrounding BH post code areas that contribute to the overall appeal of this great destination, making us one of the UKs key destinations. There is so much appeal from top class hotels and places to stay, great events many of which are free, eateries and bars offering something for every style, taste bud and budget, as well as world famous beach resorts, great locations, superb facilities, shopping destinations, unique attractions which result in thousands and thousands of visitors every year.
The role of the BTMB is to ensure we are offering visitors to the area a World Class Experience, and it is the people and businesses represented in the awards who allow that to happen.”
The final gala dinner event will be held at the BIC Bournemouth on the 9th March 2017. Tickets can be purchased here: http://tourism-awards.co.uk/bournemouth/event/2017-bournemouth-tourism-awards-gala-dinner/. Even if you are not a finalist, the gala dinner evening promises to be a great event for networking with like-minded business professionals and will be a true celebration of the tourism industry in Bournemouth.
THE FINALISTS ARE…
Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast Award
The Bar Personality of the Year Award
Bournemouth’s Rising Star Award
The Afternoon Tea Award
The Unsung Hero Award
The Creative Concept of the Year Award
Best Retail Experience Award
The Education Award
The Great Time Out Award
The Large Hotel Award
The Small Hotel Award
Bournemouth’s Best Night Out Award
Transport Delivery Award
Green Initiative Award
The World Cuisine Award
The Family Eating Experience Award
The Specialist Dining Experience Award
The 2017 awards are brought to you in association with Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, Bournemouth English Book Centre, Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Wave 105, Berendsen, Comax UK, Bournemouth Daily Echo, Signature Catering Co., MediaWise, MMGroup, Waste Management Facilities, ROUTEpr, RT Promotions, Pothecary Gin, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Bournemouth University, Bournemouth and Poole College, Amica Live, Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, and Templar Wines.