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2017 Bournemouth Tourism Awards Gala Dinner

Ticket includesArrival drinks, Delicious 3 course meal, Wine on table, Exciting Entertainment.

The event is held at the BIC Bournemouth, starting at 6:30pm prompt on Thursday 9th March. Dress code is black tie and your ticket will include the drinks reception, 3 course dinner, table wines and an evening of great networking, fun and entertainment – yes lots of business happens here! PLUS you will be invited to the exclusive after party.

For more information and to book your tickets CLICK HERE

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The Semi-Finalists of the 2017 Bournemouth Tourism Awards are….

The 2017 Bournemouth Tourism Awards Semi-Finals saw 250 professionals in attendance at Oasis Fun, Bournemouth.

The local business representatives, sponsors, partners and professionals from the industry gathered together alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, The Mayor of Christchurch and The Chair of East Dorset District Council to find out who had made it to the semi-finals for this year’s celebrations.

Said Jackie Phillipson from The Bournemouth Tourism Awards and ROUTEpr, “This year, is our second year of running the awards and we are delighted to say there has been a 64% increase in nominations, 56% increase in entries and over 100% increase in the four public voting categories and for the first time we also have the new Green Initiative Award sponsored by Waste Management Facilities, which attracted a great response.”

Des Simmons from the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board and Bournecoast says “The Bournemouth Tourism Awards comprises of 17 different categories and they are completely free to enter. The awards are now in their 11th year and they have seen an array of winners and finalists who deserve to be celebrated and rewarded for their incredible contribution to Bournemouth’s offering as a vibrant, cosmopolitan, seaside resort. This is the second year that ROUTEpr have been involved with the awards and we are delighted to see more nominations, entries and votes than in previous years. They are run and managed by ROUTEpr on behalf of the BTMB, and they could not be held without the tremendous support from all the sponsors and partners who make these awards possible.”


The Specialist Dining Experience Award – presented by Graham Moakes from Comax UK

  • Bates Restaurant
  • Bournemouth Steakhouse
  • Chicken and Blues
  • Del Marco
  • Friedas Tea Room
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Nativ
  • Ojo rojo
  • Renoufs
  • Restaurant Hops
  • The Larder house

 The Large Hotel Award – presented by Andy Woodland from FJB Hotels and BAHA

  • Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton
  • Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
  • Hilton Bournemouth
  • Hotel Miramar
  • Marsham Court Hotel
  • Norfolk Royale Hotel
  • Park Central Hotel
  • The Cumberland Hotel

 The Afternoon Tea Award – presented by Dimitrios Buhalis Department of Tourism and Hospitality Bournemouth University

  • Cliff House Hotel
  • Derby Manor Hotel & Restaurant
  • Dot Teas Vintage Tea Boutique
  • Friedas Tea Room
  • Green House Hotel
  • Hotel Miramar
  • Norfolk Royale Hotel
  • Steam Vintage Café
  • Ventana Grand Café
  • Woosters of Westbourne

 Bournemouth’s Rising Star Award – presented by Richard Mack and Catherine Gregg from RT Promotions

  • Adam Lynk – Adam Lynk Photography
  • Carl Draper – Waveslider Photography
  • Jamie Bourne – Boscanova
  • Kane Webster – Websters Butchers
  • Martin Appels -Grove Tavern
  • Mike Bryant – 1812
  • Oliver Newton – Hotel Miramar
  • Sarah Ali Choudhury – Easy Curry
  • Tim Seward – Cliff House Hotel
  • Tom Keeping – Keeping and Co

The Small Hotel Award – presented by Michelle Lessig and Karen Culverwell from Berendsen

  • Captains Club Hotel & Spa
  • Chocolate Boutique Hotel
  • Cliff House Hotel
  • Derby Manor Hotel
  • Lea Hurst Hotel
  • Number 9 Wimborne
  • The Balincourt
  • The Grove Hotel
  • The Lord Bute
  • Urban Beach Hotel

The Education Award – presented by John Walsh from Bournemouth English Book Centre

  • Capital School of English
  • Classroom in the Heart of Industry (CHI)
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University – Dimitrios Buhalis
  • Explore Learning Bournemouth
  • Hadland Green Foundation
  • Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre
  • MLS International College
  • Oceanarium Bournemouth
  • Sport BU – China Project

Bournemouth’s Best Night Out Award – presented by Jeff Bowden from Templar Wines

  • 1812 and Bar So
  • Bournemouth Jazz Festival
  • Canvas
  • Carls Comedy Club
  • Chaplins and the Cellar Bar
  • Coastal Comedy
  • Grosvener Casino
  • Mai Tai Cocktail Bar
  • Renoufs
  • Urban Reef
  • Walkabout Bournemouth 

The World Cuisine Award – presented by MediaWise and MMediaGroup

  • Chicken and Blues
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Nativ
  • Noodle Bar Bournemouth
  • Ojo Rojo
  • Quarters Restaurant Bar
  • Turtle Bay Bournemouth
  • Zorbas Greek Restaurant

 Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast Award- presented by Clare Smales from Wave 105

  • Binnies
  • Boscanova
  • C U Latte
  • Cosy Club Bournemouth
  • English Rose Café
  • Fresh & Tasty
  • Fresh Edge Café
  • Kitchen
  • Sands 2
  • The Hungry Wolf Café

 The Family Eating Experience Award – presented by Steve Hughes from Town Centre BID

  • Cosy Club Bournemouth
  • Del Marco
  • Flirt cafe
  • Key West Bar and Grill
  • Koh Thai Tapas Bournemouth
  • Nativ
  • Quarters Restaurant Bar
  • The Bournemouth Steakhouse
  • The Larder house
  • Urban Reef

The Green Initiative Award – presented by Lisa Delahunty and Genna Delahunty from Waste Management Facilities

  • BH Live
  • Boscanova
  • Count On Me
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth
  • Green House Hotel
  • Hadland Green Foundation
  • Little Pickle Deli Café
  • RNLI Hub
  • Sustainable Food City
  • We do Ethical Fashion

The Unsung Hero Award – presented by Des Simmons (BTMB and Bournecoast) and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth and Jackie Phillipson ROUTEpr

  • Ben Harrison
  • David and Jane Bailey
  • Harry Seccombe
  • Ian Goode
  • Jenni Wilkinson
  • Rosie Wallace
  • Simon Richards
  • Sophie Cox
  • Tim Seward

 Transport Delivery Award – presented by ROUTEpr

  • Bournemouth Boating Service
  • Discover Dorset
  • Dorset Cruises
  • Dorset Dubhire
  • Friedas Tea Bus
  • Hengistbury Head Land Train
  • More Bus
  • South Coast Travel
  • Swanage Railway
  • Yellow Buses – Poetry Bus

 Best Retail Experience Award – presented by Mandy Payne Past President Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce

  • All Fired Up
  • Attico
  • Fab Frocks
  • Nellie Mimosa
  • Scribbler
  • Soda Beauty & Blow dry bar
  • Sustainable Food City
  • The House of Lights
  • Webster Family Butchers Ltd
  • Westbourne bookshop

 The Creative Concept of the Year Award – presented by Andy Martin from Bournemouth Echo

  • Bournemouth Jazz Festival
  • Business Events Bournemouth
  • Coastal BID
  • Conker Spirit
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth
  • Friedas Tea Bus
  • In-360
  • Renoufs
  • Science Zone
  • Sustainable Food City
  • Yellow Buses – Poetry Bus

The Bar Personality of the Year Award – presented by Ian Davey from Signature Catering

  • Ben Flewitt – Eden Bournemouth
  • Gemma Terry – Ojo Rojo
  • Hassan Mugambwa – The Lost Paradise
  • Julezz Towers – Le Chic
  • Liam White – Cosy Club
  • Pippa Mann – Camden
  • Robert Haidau
  • Salvatore Damiano – The Larder House
  • Sarah Rogers – 1812
  • Tommo Quy – Captains Club

 The Great Time Out Award – presented by Norman Hayward of Oasis Fun

  • All Fired Up
  • Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Bournemouth 7s
  • Bournemouth Aviation Museum
  • Bournemouth Jazz Festival
  • Coastal Comedy
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth
  • Oceanarium Bournemouth
  • Restaurant Hops
  • RockReef and the Pier Zip
  • Science Zone
  • Swanage Railway
  • The Shake and Stir Vintage Festival

Said Richard Blunderfield from ROUTEpr and organiser of the Bournemouth Tourism Awards, “We would like to say a HUGE congratulations each of the 2017 semi-finalists. It has been great to see such incredible effort and energy put into the applications received this year, and to see new businesses and established companies getting involved, supporting these awards and spreading the word about them. It is also encouraging to see customers and the community voting for their favourite place for breakfast, afternoon tea and their bar personalities, those entrepreneurs and employees they feel are their rising stars, and they are the future of the awards, for the work they do for tourism and the local Dorset community. It is heart-warming to see them being recognised and being encouraged by the public and their peers.”

The Finalists will be notified ahead of the Final Gala Awards Ceremony which takes place on 9th March so don’t forget to buy your tickets for this sell out event at We look forward to seeing you there.

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Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2017 – Tickets available to buy now!

Its official the grand finale of the 2017 Bournemouth Tourism Awards will take place on 9th March 2017 tickets and tables are now on sale and available to buy at

Des Simmons, chairman of Bournemouth’s Tourism Awards and Managing Director of Bournecoast said: “In 2016 we saw almost 500 guests attend the awards which was a remarkable achievement, we also had more entries, nominations and guests in attendance in the decade long history of the awards. This year we have broken even more records by receiving the most nominations and entries than previous years, as well as the four voting categories receiving a total of over 4000 votes so far! It’s great to see more and more people getting involved with the BTAs each year.

The awards pay tribute to all of those who deliver an outstanding contribution to the overall  tourism and leisure offering in the region, take a look at the opportunity as there is something for every service industry, from retail and customer service, new initiatives, up and coming industry professionals, and more. The Bournemouth Tourism Awards are the place to be to make new contacts, network and have a superb time, as well as celebrate the successes of the champions in the industry.”

The 2017 awards will be a glittering black tie event and this year will also include the brand new additional category known as the ‘Green Initiative Award’ sponsored by Waste Management Facilities. Anyone can be nominated for an award by the public or suppliers and the winners and finalists are generally based in the BH post code or if located outside the area the business will have a direct impact on tourism in Bournemouth.

The event of the year and a great night of fun – be sure not to miss out and book your tickets today!

There is still time to enter and nominate your favourite businesses, the deadline for applications is the 10th January 2017, visit the BTA website for more information

Photos show the 2016 BTAs gala dinner and the 2016 semi-finalist winners


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Textile services leader Berendsen sponsors the BTA’s Small Hotel Award for 2017!

The BTA’s welcome a NEW sponsor – Berendsen, an international textile services provider with a processing site for Hospitality customers in Bournemouth, will be presenting the Small Hotel Award.

Berendsen provides vital textile rental and laundering solutions for hotels and hospitality organisations, offering services through a national network of 16 sites stretching from Cornwall to Scotland. The company continues to innovate to deliver added value services to customers, helping them to deliver the best possible experience to guests.

The Small Hotel Award category is open to hotels and accommodation providers with fewer than 35 bedrooms.  It is aimed at hotels where breakfast is available, though not necessarily dinner.

The 2016 winner was the unique Cliff House Hotel in Southbourne, alongside finalists The Balincourt, The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, The Green House Hotel and Urban Beach Hotel.

Said Paul Swift, Business development Manager “Being involved with the BTA’s this year is a great opportunity for us. We have a long association as a service provider to the hospitality industry and pride ourselves on being part of the team supporting our vital tourism industry. There are many excellent small hotels in Bournemouth and we can’t wait to celebrate and to help give them the recognition they deserve through the 2017 awards.”

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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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