Digital businesses are amongst those being urged to ‘seas’ the day and enter BCP’s new Destination Awards before the closing date of October 6.
The Destination Awards – launched in July – recognise businesses striving to make Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch a great place to visit and live and work.
Fifteen select, yet diverse categories include the Digital Transformation Award, the Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award and the International or Inbound Tourism Award.
Further categories recognise businesses excelling in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retail and Transport.
Chris Palmer is a Destination Awards judge and as owner of AnyTech Solutions in Poole, is passionate about celebrating the area’s flourishing digital community.
He said: “I’m proud to be part of the fastest growing digital community outside of London and I feel extremely privileged to be part of awards which will recognise the huge contribution they are making to the area.”
The Destination Awards have been created by the Destination Management Board – which replaced the former Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Board on April 1 this year.
Chair of the Board David Bailey said: “As the name suggests the Destination Awards will commend the huge range of businesses which are working hard to make the new BCP conurbation a fabulous destination for everyone, whether they are visiting or holidaying here, work here, or are proud to call it home.
“We want to hear from digital businesses, regardless of their size. We also want to reach out to those businesses which attract a wealth of foreign visitors to the area each year, and those which are striving tirelessly to make their businesses more sustainable.”
He continued: “Entering the awards is very straightforward, and all finalists, not just the winners, will benefit from detailed feedback to help them take their business to the next level.”
Following a comprehensive judging process including ‘mystery shoppers’, the Destination Award winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre in March 2020, from five finalists in each category.
The awards are being organised and delivered by dbox events.
Headline sponsor Yellow Buses has pledged its support to the awards for three years. The other sponsors for 2020 include Expectations Travel, The International Education Forum, Cameo Nightclub and the Marsham Court Hotel.
The 15 award categories are:
· Events & Cultural Award
· Attraction of the Year
· Large Hotel of the Year
· Small or Boutique Hotel of the Year
· Unserviced Accommodation of the Year
· Café or Tearoom of the Year
· Restaurant or Bistro of the Year
· Retail Innovation Award
· Getting About Award
· Business Tourism Award
· Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award
· International or Inbound Tourism Award
· Digital Transformation Award
· Industry Support Award
· Night-time Experience Award
Entries are open until October 6.
For information on how to enter visit: http://www.destinationawards.co.uk