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The 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards (BAPTAs) celebrate the achievements of tourism businesses and individuals from across the BH postcode region.

The awards have seen year on year growth and have become the most successful awards across the South and a must in the business event calendar and this year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever, with the finals at their new home – The Lighthouse in Poole.

The awards offer businesses great PR, a chance to shout loud and proud about their successes, and to celebrate the achievements and the efforts of their hard-working teams who contribute to making them successful year on year.

You can nominate too – have you been impressed by customer service, been ‘wowed’ by a meal in a local restaurant or feel an independent retailer deserves special recognition?

The 19 categories include ‘New Business of the Year’ and the ‘Self-Catering Accommodation Award’ and it only takes a few minutes to nominate, so if you run a worthy business then don’t be shy, you have nothing to lose and a great deal to gain! Go to

Said Jackie Phillipson, “The stunning coastline brings together this world class destination and beautiful resort, with a year-round appeal, mild weather, glorious miles of beaches, and lots to do with thriving businesses, independent shops, amazing events and much more!

The BAPTAs recognise businesses, restaurants, hotels, shops, attractions, events and the people who make the destination what it is – so get involved! The awards close for entries on 10th January 2018.”

The 2018 categories are:

  • The Large Hotel Award
  • The Small Hotel Award
  • The Self-Catering Accommodation Award (New!)
  • The Specialist Dining Experience Award
  • The International Cuisine Experience Award
  • The Family Eating Experience Award
  • Best Retail Experience Award
  • The Great Time Out Award
  • BAPTAs Best Night Out Award
  • The Creative Concept of the Year Award
  • The Unsung Hero Award
  • Transport Delivery Award
  • The Education Award
  • BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award
  • BAPTAs Rising Star Award
  • The Bar Personality of the Year Award
  • The Afternoon Tea Award
  • The Green Initiative Award
  • New Business of the Year Award (New!)

For more information, or to enter the awards please visit