Welcome to the BAPTAs!

You’ve heard of the BAFTAs, but let us walk you down the red carpet and introduce you to the next biggest award ceremony to reach the South of England, the BAPTAs! The Bournemouth Tourism Awards have grown year on year, and it’s bigger and better than ever for 2018 as we welcome the rest of the BH postocde to this year’s tourism awards which will now be known as ‘The BAPTAs’ – Celebrating tourism across the BH postcodes.

12 years ago, when it all began, the awards were simply just the Bournemouth Tourism Awards. It was celebrated as the one and only ceremony covering the BH1 – BH11 postcode area that praised the amazing personalities, services and businesses that make Bournemouth’s tourism great. When it first launched, there was nothing to commemorate those who had contributed to the town’s success. Realising that this needed to change, the Bournemouth Tourism Awards were created.

The awards allow people to celebrate the town’s rising stars; as well as other businesses and individuals who have dedicated their time and livelihood to making sure the area is recognised as a top UK tourist destination.

On this 12th anniversary, the categories aren’t the only things to have grown and as we expand to include the rest of the BH postcode to this honorary ceremony- the competition is on! The awards have already seen enormous success from last year with a 100% increase in public votes since 2016, a 64% increase in nominations and 56% increase in entries.

So if you are a business supporting tourism or if you know anyone who deserves a mention, shout it out from the rooftops and be proud of the achievements made here in the South.

There is no cost to participate. Simply enter and be a part of one of the biggest awards of the Dorset Coast.

ABOUT THE BAPTAs - Bournemouth Tourism Awards

The 2018 BAPTAs promises to be even bigger and better than ever before and we want you to be a part of it.   There is no cost to participate and the Awards are run independently.

Entries and nominations are now closed!


Launch Event October*
Entries open October 11th
Voting opens 24th November
Entries close 10th January
Voting closes 15th January
Judging days 17th / 18th January
Semi-final Event 30th January
Finals and Gala Dinner 15th March 2018


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