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Finalists announced in the inaugural Destination Awards

The finalists have been announced for the inaugural Destination Awards – brand new accolades celebrating businesses that make the area a great place to visit, live and work.

A total of 42 Destination Award finalists across 15 award categories were revealed at the Lost Paradise Bar in Bournemouth on Monday evening (February 3).

The contenders will learn whether they have won a Gold, Silver or Bronze Destination Award at the glittering Night of a Thousand Memories Final, compered by the comedian Celia Delaney, at the BIC on Thursday March 19.

The Destination Awards have been launched by BCP Council to celebrate the wide spectrum of attractions, events and businesses working to make the area both a successful tourism destination and a great place to live and work.

Craig Mathie, vice chair of the Destination Management Board, told the finalists and their guests: “We have had a wonderful number of applicants on this, our first year and we would like to thank our wonderful judges who have worked really hard to examine the applications and to visit our shortlisted businesses.”

He continued: “Only applicants which achieved the highest of scores in their category have been named finalists. But every business, regardless of whether they are finalists, will receive feedback following the awards in March, to help them sustain and improve their business.”

David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses – the headline sponsor for the awards – announced the finalists in several categories.

He said: “Yellow Buses is delighted to sponsor the awards, as they fit so perfectly with our own ethos of being completely and absolutely part of our community.”

Tickets to the Destination Awards Night of a Thousand Memories are priced at £75 per person or £700 for a table of 10. To find out who all of the finalists are and to book tickets visit: []

Also sponsoring the Destination Awards are Expectations Travel, the Marsham Court Hotel, Cameo & Myu Bar, The Lost Paradise and event organiser dbox events.


Photographs are being sought for the Destination Awards Photograph Competition, with the winner being exhibited in a local art gallery.

The photographs can feature people of any age enjoying Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch, whether they are visiting for the day or a holiday, or living or working here.

The winner will have their photograph exhibited at Gallery 65 in Westbourne and will also win two tickets to the Destination Awards Final in March.

Two runners-up will also win afternoon tea at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth.

The competition will be judged by Paul Collins, Head of Visual at Deep South Media and former Picture Editor and photographer for the Southern Daily Echo.

The closing date for entries is 4pm on Friday February 28, 2020.

Entries can be posted on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #bcpphotocomp or they can be emailed to:

Postal entries should be sent to dbox events ltd, 16 King Edward Avenue, Bournemouth, BH9 1TY.

Entrants must be able to provide the original, high resolution version of their pictures in jpeg format if they are chosen as a winner.

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BTA’s 2017: Your chance to enter and vote.

Don’t forget to nominate / enter the forthcoming Bournemouth Tourism Awards, this is also YOUR chance to enter if you own, manage or run a business and YOUR CHANCE to nominate YOUR FAVOURITES in the voting categories so you can help us to find:

·         Bournemouth’s Rising Star

·         Bournemouth Best Breakfast

·         The Afternoon Tea Award

·         The Bar Personality Award

Please remember these nominations can come from all of the surrounding towns in Bournemouth such as Boscombe, Charminster, Kinson, Pokesdown, Southbourne, Westbourne and Winton etc.

Remember that this time around hotels large and small, as well as bed and breakfasts in the whole of the BH post code can be entered as well.

The website for nominations and entries is

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Bournemouth Tourism Awards – Public Voting Categories

It’s been coined Bournemouth’s business event of the year and earlier this year the awards saw the arrival of the first ever public voting categories:

·         Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast

·         Bar Personality

·         Rising Star

·         The Afternoon Tea Award

The best and the brightest business leaders and destinations were nominated and voted for, by the NEW public vote categories, which allows businesses to be crowned the BEST by the general public.

The 2016 awards saw Rumblin Tum Cafe win Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast in association with WAVE105, Bar Personality was Jon Nash from The Anvil in association with Shore Travel, Rising Star – Andrew Thompson in association with Purple HR, and the Afternoon Tea Award went to Ventana Grand Café – The Cumberland Hotel in association with A-One Insurance Group.

On the 15th November the voting for each of these categories for the 2017 BTAs will be open through until 15th January, so now is your last chance to nominate your favorite people and places, so, if you have a favorite bar man or woman, or if you want to applaud and celebrate the best local breakfast or afternoon tea or tell us who you think is YOUR Rising Star, then please nominate via the or direct to the nomination form to

“The public nomination and voting categories give everyone a chance to tell us about their experiences. The process is simple and effective as the nominations come via visitors and locals, and the categories allow them to tell us about the unsung heroes who have served them their breakfast, glass of wine or cocktails, or the people who put on great events and attract visitors, it is great for someone who runs a small niche businesses or a unique tea room which serves the most impressive and memorable afternoon tea and bakes a superb scone or cake! These categories allow everyone working in and around the industry to see who the public feel are our GREATEST ambassadors in the community.

We have already seen tremendous support for the Awards and interest has exploded because of the opportunities they provide in building credibility and in generating positive PR and further awareness for this top class resort.” said Jackie Phillipson, Director of ROUTEpr and the tourism partner in charge of implementing the 2017 Tourism Awards.

Entries for all categories of the Bournemouth Tourism Awards are now open and the Final Awards ceremony will be taking place on 9th March 2017. To find out more visit:

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The BTAs introduce a brand new award! – The Green Initiative Award sponsored by WMF


The Bournemouth Tourism Awards introduces a brand new award – The Green Initiative Award!  Waste Management Facilities will be sponsoring this exclusive new category for the 2017 awards, recently launched at Bournemouth University at the end of September.


The award will honour innovative projects, hotels or a businesses situated within the BH postcode which has identified and established environmentally and economically sustainable methods or which has created a sustainable product and is based within the BH post code area and which supports the tourism and leisure industry.


The idea is to celebrate a BH green hero or a BH green business which provides inspiring alternatives to business or is a sustainability pioneer who has done their best to promote cost-effective methods, reduce waste and benefit the bottom line in business.


The semi-finalists will be chosen in January 2017 and the finalists and overall winner will be recognised and rewarded at our glamorous gala awards dinner alongside the other Bournemouth Tourism Awards category winners. The awards are a celebration with music, entertainment, great food and drink, as well as a chance to network with other businesses from the BH area!


WMF have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the waste industry. From consultation and strategic planning: supporting the work of clients waste management team, through to simply providing a quotation for cost effective waste management solutions.


WMF support the day to day process of making businesses sustainable and supporting the environment by offering a cost effective waste management solution.


Said Lisa Delahunty from WMF, “As a Waste Management company we understand the need to be ‘green’ and want to help and encourage the local area to use cost effective waste management solutions. We are excited to be involved with the BTAs and representing this brand new category that will celebrate the work of the green ambassadors here in Bournemouth, who support the environment, improve customer service and benefit the Tourism and Leisure Industry”.


For more information on the BTAs visit

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BTAs has joined forces with Bournemouth University and Bournemouth and Poole College for the 2017 awards

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis and Jackie Phillipson with Bournemouth University Tourism and Hospitality students

The Bournemouth Tourism Awards has joined forces with the local Bournemouth University (BU) and with Bournemouth and Poole College for an exciting
partnership for the duration of the 2017 event.

The official launch party of the 2017 BTA’s took place on 21st September 2016 at the newly built, prestigious ‘Fusion building’ located on the Talbot
campus, and was created by ROUTEpr, marketing and events working in association with students from both the college and the university.

Hospitality and catering students from Bournemouth and Poole College created the delicious canapes under the guidance of Christophe Baffos, whilst
students studying Hospitality and Tourism courses at the university helped with hospitality/catering, car park guidance, registration and set up and
breakdown of the event, in association with Dimitrios Buhalis, Anya Chapman,Tim Gale, Crispin Farbrother, and Richard Ward.

As well as helping out at the official launch, Bournemouth University students will participate in mystery shopping and encouraging businesses to
enter the awards, as well as helping at the semi-finals and final gala dinner. The hardworking students involved will be presented with a
certificate for their assistance and additionally, there will also be a special recognition award for the students who have really made a difference
to the overall campaign and the events.

Christophe Baffos, Service Industries Operations Manager and Chef Lecturer at Bournemouth and Poole College says “Our involvement with Bournemouth
Tourism Awards is important for our Hospitality and Catering department. It gives our students the opportunity to showcase to local employers, the high
level of skills they develop whilst training with us. It keeps The College’s strong links with local businesses; and we also see it as a great platform
for promoting our vibrant and ever expanding industry to young people looking for a promising future career.”

Said Jackie Phillipson from the Bournemouth Tourism Awards, “We believe that this is an amazing opportunity for students to gain a first-hand insight
into the hospitality and tourism industry here in the heart of Bournemouth – one of the UK’s most popular tourist destination and the location they have
chosen to come and study. We want to help provide the undergraduates with a chance to network and make their own contacts as well as gain first hand
industry experience, this will also give them all a chance to connect with potential employers throughout the awards.”

Dimitrios Buhalis, Head of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University adds, “The Bournemouth Tourism Awards is an ideal event for our first year
pupils to get involved with and to gain experience in the world of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. The BTA’s are growing every year and we are excited
about the involvement Bournemouth University will have. We hope that the students utilise this great opportunity fully and enrich their university
experience with the awards.”

Des Simmons from Bournecoast and the BTMB says, “This is a fresh concept for the BTA’s and ROUTEpr are responsible for bringing this together. We are
delighted that they are bringing the trade, the academic team at BU and all of the students together. We think it is important for the future tourism
and hospitality industry professionals to experience such an important local event, bringing together and celebrating local business professionals and
the industry.

Hosting the launch of the BTAs at BU also provides a superb location for everyone to network in a surrounding that they may have never experienced
before as well as to kick and cement further relationships with the university and with the students.”

For more information about sponsorship or becoming involved in the 2017
Bournemouth Tourism Awards, contact or visit

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BTA 2016 Finalists announced

BTA 2016 Finalists Announced

The wait is finally over and The Bournemouth Tourism Awards can now reveal the finalists of the 2016 Bournemouth Tourism Awards.

Tourism and business trade judges as well as sponsors have spent days deliberating over hundreds of entries and nominations to select the top companies who have made the prestigious finalist shortlist in The Bournemouth Tourism Awards. All of the public votes have also been cast which also resulted in thousands of votes.The finalists based in the BH1 to BH11 post code or from outside the area if the business has an impact on tourism in Bournemouth.

Des Simmons, Chair of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board (BTMB) and Managing Director of Bournecoast Ltd said: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s awards and it’s never an easy decision finding the top five finalists.

For the first time we had the four new voting categories, which are nominated and voted for by the public, these categories have been an exciting addition and have been very well received.”

The finalists are (in alphabetical order are:

The Transport Delivery Award sponsored by Powerboats P1

·         Claire Vass – Discover Dorset

·         Ian Kalra – Getting About, Bournemouth Borough Council

·         Jenni Wilkinson – Yellow Busses

·         Nikki Honer – Morebus

·         Martin Trott – Swanage Railway


The Specialist Dining Experience Award sponsored by Hallmark Hotels

·         BH Live

·         Koh Lounge on the Beach

·         Nativ

·         The Larder House

·         West Beach

·         Zoukinis


The Great Time Out Award – sponsored by South Coast Windows

·         Koh Thai Tapas

·         Rock Reef – Bournemouth Pier

·         Swanage Railway

·         SoSBA & Coastal Bid – Wheels Comes to Southbourne 2015

·         The Oceanarium


The Family Eating Out Experience Award – sponsored by Town Centre BID

·         Del Marco coffee / pizzeria

·         Nativ

·         Pinocchio Restaurant

·         Quarters Kitchen and Bar

·         Urban Reef Restaurant


Bournemouth’s Best Night Out Award – sponsored by Heineken

·         Aruba

·         BarSo and 1812

·         The Cumberland Hotel

·         Ice SKATE Bournemouth

·         The Navy Blue Party – Hotel Miramar


The Creative Concept Award – sponsored by Daily Echo

·         Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe

·         Business Events Bournemouth

·         BH Live

·         Morebus

·         Yellow Buses


The Large Hotel Award – sponsored by Real Recruitment Solutions

·         Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel

·         Marsham Court Hotel

·         The Cumberland Hotel

·         The Connaught Hotel

·         Hotel Miramar


The World Cuisine Award – sponsored by Sandown Mercedes Benz of Poole

·         Coriander Restaurant

·         Indis

·         Kino Lounge

·         Koh Thai Tapas Bournemouth

·         Nativ

·         Tiien Thai


The Education Award – sponsored by Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce

·         Bournemouth Chinese School

·         BEBC (The Bournemouth English Book Centre)

·         The Hospitality and Tourism Academy


The Small Hotel Award – sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

·         Cliff House Hotel

·         The Balincourt

·         The Chocolate Boutique Hotel

·         The Greenhouse Hotel

·         Urban Beach Hotel


The Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by Lester Brunt Wealth Management

·         Mark Berry

·         Mike Francis MBE

·         Theo Lakimov

·         Mandy Payne

·         Steve Taylor

·         Andrew Woodland


The Retail Experience Award sponsored by Coastal BID

Beau Bijou
Bo Concept
Fab Frocks of Westbourne
Geo. A. Payne & Son
Steamer Trading Cookshop
The Bar Personality of the Year Award sponsored by Shore Travel

·         Trevor Ayling – Renoufs

·         Charly Cartwright – Bar So

·         Andy Coleman – Maitai Lounge

·         James Fowler – The Larder House & The Library Bar

·         Jon Nash – The Anvil


The Rising Star Award – sponsored by Purple HR

·         Rupert Holloway – Conker Gin

·         James Maidment – Canvas

·         Brian Robbins – The Cumberland Hotel

·         Brett Stewart – Hotel Miramar

·         Andrew Thompson – Marsham Court Hotel


The Afternoon Tea Award – sponsored by A One Insurance Group

·         Dot.Teas Vintage Tea Boutique

·         Hotel Miramar

·         The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel

·         Ventana Grand Café – The Cumberland Hotel

·         Woosters of Westbourne


Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast Award – sponsored by Wave 105

·         Binnies Café

·         Norwegian Wood

·         Little Pickle Deli Café

·         The Rumblin Tum Café

·         The Hungry Wolf Café


The finals of the 2016 Bournemouth Tourism Awards will be held at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom on February 25 from 6.30pm to midnight.  MEDIA please note that the finalists will all be present at 6pm prompt for half hour for interviews and photography.

For more information visit: or or call Richard or Jackie at Route PR T 01202 896698 / 07740611147

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