The wait is finally over. The Bournemouth Tourism Awards can now reveal the finalists of the 2017 award categories.

Following on from the Semi-Finals held at Oasis Fun, Bournemouth, the judges which included trade professionals and sponsors, spent days deliberating which of the Semi-Finalists should make it through to the Finals and selecting the top businesses and individuals. The public votes have also been cast for the 4 voting categories: Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast, Rising Star, Bar Personality of the Year and The Afternoon Tea Award, which resulted in a record number of votes.

The 17 categories, which includes the brand new Green Initiative Award sponsored by Waste Management Facilities, celebrates those businesses and people who go out of their way to deliver a ‘green’ service or invention in the Tourism industry.

Said Jackie Phillipson from ROUTEpr and the BTAs, “These awards are only possible thanks to the support of the industry as well as the amazing support received from our sponsors and partners – it is important that we continue to celebrate and reward the hard-working industry professionals that contribute significantly to Bournemouth’s offering as a leading tourist destination in the UK.”

Des Simmons, Chair of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board (BTMB) and Managing Director of Bournecoast Ltd said:  “This year it has been tougher than ever to choose the finalists and the winners for each category, most especially with the number of nominations and entries received.

There are so many amazing businesses within Bournemouth and the surrounding BH post code areas that contribute to the overall appeal of this great destination, making us one of the UKs key destinations. There is so much appeal from top class hotels and places to stay, great events many of which are free, eateries and bars offering something for every style, taste bud and budget, as well as world famous beach resorts, great locations, superb facilities, shopping destinations, unique attractions which result in thousands and thousands of visitors every year.

The role of the BTMB is to ensure we are offering visitors to the area a World Class Experience, and it is the people and businesses represented in the awards who allow that to happen.”

The final gala dinner event will be held at the BIC Bournemouth on the 9th March 2017. Tickets can be purchased here: Even if you are not a finalist, the gala dinner evening promises to be a great event for networking with like-minded business professionals and will be a true celebration of the tourism industry in Bournemouth.


Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast Award 


C U Latte

English Rose Café

Fresh and Tasty

The Hungry Wolf Café

The Bar Personality of the Year Award

Ben Flewitt – Eden Bournemouth

Robert Haidau

Julezz Towers – Le Chic

Tommo Quy – Captains Club

Liam White – Cosy Club

Bournemouth’s Rising Star Award 

Sarah Ali Choudhury – Easy Curry

Carl Draper – Waveslider Photography

Adam Lynk – Adam Lynk Photography

Oliver Newton – Hotel Miramar

Tom Keeping – Keeping and Co

The Afternoon Tea Award

Derby Manor Hotel

Friedas Tea Room

Green House Hotel

Hotel Miramar

Ventana Grand Café – Cumberland Hotel

The Unsung Hero Award

David and Jane Bailey

Ian Goode

Tim Seward

Jenni Wilkinson

Rosie Wallace

The Creative Concept of the Year Award 

Business Events Bournemouth

Coastal BID

Conker Spirit

Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth

Science Zone

Sustainable Food City

Best Retail Experience Award

All Fired Up


Fab Frocks

Nellie Mimosa

Westbourne Bookshop

The Education Award 

Capital School of English

Classroom in the Heart of Industry (CHI) Training

Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre

MLS International College

The Great Time Out Award

The Bournemouth 7s Festival

Bournemouth Jazz Festival

Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth

RockReef and the Pier Zip

Oceanarium Bournemouth

The Shake and Stir Vintage Festival

The Large Hotel Award

Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa

Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton

Hilton Bournemouth

Hotel Miramar

Marsham Court Hotel

The Small Hotel Award 

Captains Club Hotel and Spa

Cliff House Hotel

Derby Manor Hotel

The Grove Hotel

The Lord Bute

Number 9 Wimborne

Bournemouth’s Best Night Out Award

1812 and Bar So


Chaplins and the Cellar Bar

Coastal Comedy

Grosvenor Casino

Mai Tai Cocktail Bar

Transport Delivery Award

Discover Dorset

Dorset Cruises

Friedas Tea Bus

More Bus – Purbeck Breezer

Swanage Railway

Yellow Buses RATP Group

Green Initiative Award

BH Live


Hadland Green Foundation

Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth


The World Cuisine Award 

Chicken and Blues

Koh Thai Tapas


Noodle Bar Bournemouth

Ojo Rojo

Turtle Bay Bournemouth

The Family Eating Experience Award 

Cosy Club Bournemouth

Flirt Cafe

Key West Bar and Grill

Koh Thai Tapas

Urban Reef Restaurant

The Specialist Dining Experience Award 

Del Marcos

Koh Thai Tapas


Ojo Rojo



The 2017 awards are brought to you in association with Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, Bournemouth English Book Centre, Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Wave 105, Berendsen, Comax UK, Bournemouth Daily Echo, Signature Catering Co., MediaWise, MMGroup, Waste Management Facilities, ROUTEpr, RT Promotions, Pothecary Gin, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Bournemouth University, Bournemouth and Poole College, Amica Live, Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, and Templar Wines.


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