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The 2018 BAPTA finalists have now been revealed. This year has seen more entries and nominations than ever with businesses from Burley, Highcliffe, Swanage, Wareham, Wimborne and Verwood all entering for the first time and with over 7,000 votes across the four public vote categories.

Said Andy Woodland, Chairman of Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Management Board, “The awards highlight the achievements of the industry professionals that contribute to tourism from across the BH postcode area, and ensures the area is at the pinnacle of the UK tourism destinations.”

Jackie Phillipson from the BAPTAs and ROUTEpr adds, “These businesses deserve to be celebrated, the tourism sector offers such an incredible variety, from great shops and eateries, attractions, educational institutions, hotels and self-catering, as well as the people from within the tourism sector, which includes recognised international brands and an array of independent thriving local businesses, all of which help the British tourism economy.

This year has seen the complete rebrand of the awards, they are now known as the BAPTAs, the tourism businesses and suppliers from across the whole BH postcode area can enter and nominate, and we are delighted to see so many have embraced the awards this year. As well as Bournemouth and Poole, we have had entries from Christchurch, Swanage, Wimborne and Verwood who have been associated with the awards for the very first time.

There is a real BAPTA buzz in the air and the first BAPTA Ball Awards Ceremony is a chance for everyone to celebrate their successes, network and have a good time!

The event takes place on 15th March at the Lighthouse Poole and tickets can be purchased at Tickets are priced at £65 per person.”

The BAPTA 2018 finalists are:  

The Large Hotel Award – Sponsored by Berendsen (Title Sponsor of the 2018 BAPTAs)

Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa

Hotel Collingwood

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole

Hotel Miramar

Marsham Court Hotel

The Cumberland Hotel

The Small Hotel Award – sponsored by County Foods

Captains Club Hotel & Spa

Lord Bute Hotel

The Green House Hotel

The Orchid Hotel

THE PIG – on the beach

Urban Beach Hotel

The Transport Delivery Award – presented by ROUTEpr and events Ltd

City Cruises Poole

City Sightseeing Bournemouth

Dorset Cruises

Jetski Safaris


Swanage Railway

The Specialist Dining Experience Award – sponsored by Fusion Wi-Fi and Westbourne Business Association

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole

No.34 Restaurant

The Guildhall Tavern

The Jetty Restaurant

Ventana Grand Café

BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award – sponsored by Bournemouth and Poole College

Fresh Edge Café

Hotel Collingwood

M’s Bakery

The Beach Hut Café

The Paddle Café

Best Retail Experience Award – sponsored by Marsham Court Hotel

Compton Acres

Nellie Mimosa

Titan Leathercraft

Webster Family Butchers

Willow Floristry

New Business of the Year Award – sponsored by South West Regional Assessment Centre

Activate Indoor Trampoline Park

El Murrino

Marvo Mysteries Escape Room

Pause Cat Café

The Vintage Lounge & Cinema


The International Cuisine Experience Award – sponsored by Poole Audi’s Feast Magazine

Isabel’s Restaurant

Koh Thai Tapas

Ocean Palace Restaurant

The Guildhall Tavern

Tiien Thai

The Self-Catering Accommodation Award – sponsored by Trethowans Solicitors

Bournemouth Beach Lodges

Burnbake Forest Lodges

Home Farm Enterprises

Knaveswell Farm

Rivendell Outdoor Club

Wareham Forest Tourist Park

The Bar Personality of the Year Award – sponsored by Meridian Lifts

Ivan De La Fuente – Lola’s Spanish Tapas Restaurant

James Jakeman – Ventana Grand Café

Tommo Quy – Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa

Harley Stevens – Koh Lounge

Danny Vickers – 1812 Lounge Bar

BAPTAs Rising Star Award – sponsored by HD Telecom and IT Ltd

Kate Compston – Gin House and Tap House

Lisa Dowdall Sousa – Oceana Hotel Group

Lia Martin – Westbourne Business Association

Andrei Moisa – Hotel Miramar

Prince Ogbuji – Nativ

The Family Eating Experience Award – sponsored by Town Centre BID

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Delfino Lounge

El Murrino

Steam Vintage Tea Rooms

Urban Reef


The Great Time Out Award – sponsored by Merley House

Bournemouth Metropole Street Market

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Go Ape Moors Valley

Lulworth Outdoors

Poole Harbour Boat Show

RockReef and PierZip

The Green Initiative Award – sponsored by Waste Management Facilities

Marvo Mysteries Escape Room

Rivendell Outdoor Club

South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park

Southern Sustainability Partnership

We Do Ethical

Yellow Buses RATP Group

The Creative Concept of the Year Award – sponsored by Oceana Hotel Group

Brewhouse and Kitchen – The Academy

Create at the Cove

Immense Air

The Larderhouse

Poole Maritime Festival

Swanage Rep Theatre

The Education Award – sponsored by Bournemouth English Book Centre

Bournemouth University International College (BUINTCOL)

CHI Training

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Lulworth Education Service

South West Regional Assessment Centre

White Pepper Chef Academy & Cookery School

The Afternoon Tea Award – sponsored by Country Fare

Compton Acres

Hotel Collingwood

Hotel Miramar

The Courtyard Tea Rooms

The Cumberland Hotel

BAPTAs Best Night Out Award – sponsored by Eskimo EPOS

1812 and Bar So

Canvas Bournemouth

Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar

Coastal Comedy

Mai Tai Cocktail Bar

The Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by United Taxis

Paul Dredge

Ian Faulkner

Ian Goode

James Maidment

Jackie Richmond

Des Simmons