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Dorset Tourism Hubs Keep Eyes on the Prize


9:38am 24th October 2013

30 of Dorset's leading tourism businesses are on tender hooks.

Tonight see's the final of the Dorset Tourism Awards at Bovington Tank Museum.

Andrew Alder of headline sponsors Saffery Champness and a member of the judging panel says: "I was impressed by the quality and range of entries for the various categories which presented the judges with a challenging task. The Awards process is providing the perfect opportunity for Dorset to demonstrate the depth and diversity of its Tourism Industry. My partners and I are looking forward to meeting and congratulating the Finalists at the Awards Dinner in October."

Bruce Grant-Braham, Tourism lead with the Dorset LEP added: "Now that the intensive period of mystery shopping is complete the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is pleased to see the recognition of quality in the County's Tourism industry revealed in the short list of winners for the first Dorset Tourism Awards.

"The Dorset LEP has been pleased to sponsor the awards recognising as it does that Tourism constitutes more than 12% of the County's workforce and contributes at least £1.5 billion annually to the local economy. It is hoped the awards will help to stimulate even more jobs and economic growth by providing exemplars.

The LEP is confident that the Dorset Tourism Award winners will go on to regional and national success and such is the quality that they demonstrate it will be difficult to see how they can be beaten."

Robin Barker of Services for Tourism, who have created and managed the awards programme, commented: "Dorset is one of England's top tourism destinations both in diversity and quality.  It is great to see this come to prominence through the new Dorset Tourism Awards.  I congratulate all the finalists and hope their investment and vision reaps great rewards."

Click HERE to see a list of the finalists.

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