Published: December 17, 2021 | Updated: December 18, 2021

Awards return bigger and better to celebrate businesses making BCP ‘coast with the most’

By Andrew Diprose, editor

They’re back – and set to be bigger and better than ever!

The Destination Management Board – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Tourism Awards are returning in 2022.

Nineteen awards recognising true excellence in the businesses that make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole a great place to visit, live and work.

The official launch will take place in February and the closing date for entries is July 2022.

Finalists will be announced in September with the gala evening and presentation of awards in November.

The management and delivery of the awards is to be led by Tim Seward, pictured left, who represents the accommodation sector on the Destination Management Board.

He will be supported by a small group of Board members, including representatives from BCP Council, as well as David Bailey and Craig Mathie, respectively Chair and Vice Chair of the Board who will head up the judging process.

Tim will be using a local production company to help deliver the launch in February, semi-finalist event in September and the actual awards ceremony in November.

He said: “I am very pleased and honoured to have been given the opportunity to be the new main lead for the Destination Management Board Tourism Awards 2022.

“I look forward to making next year’s awards the best the area has seen in a number of years.”

Main headline sponsor for the awards is Yellow Buses.

Dorset Biz News is proud to be the official Media Partner and Hot Radio is the official Radio Partner.

The Destination Management Board represents the interests of all businesses, groups and individuals that support the local economy and contribute towards the development of the destination as a place to visit, work and live.

David Bailey, Chair, pictured left, said: “We are delighted to announce that the Tourism Awards will be returning in 2022 providing an opportunity to showcase the fantastic variety of talent and innovation within the industry.

“It will certainly be a true celebration of excellence and we are delighted to welcome back Yellow Buses as the main headline sponsor for the awards.”

David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses and Yellow Coaches, pictured right, added: “Tourism is the backbone of our local economy.

“We are proud to support the awards in recognising and rewarding local businesses and their people.”

The 19 award categories are:

  1. Large Hotel
  2. Small Hotel/Bed & Breakfast
  3. Self-catering (to include camping & holiday parks)
  4. Education
  5. Attraction of the Year
  6. Responsible, ethical and sustainable tourism (Green)
  7. Retail Experience
  8. Transport Delivery
  9. Night-time Experience
  10. Restaurant/eating out experience
  11. Team of the Year
  12. Transformation
  13. Industry support
  14. Event of the Year
  15. Cafe/Tearoom
  16. Business Tourism
  17. Bar Guru Award
  18. Rising Star – Young Achievers
  19. Innovation

Sponsorship for the above categories is now open until mid-January.

If your business would like to sponsor one of the categories, please email for further information.

Entries for the awards will open following the launch event in February 2022.

Further details about the Tourism Awards can be found at

The last Tourism Awards were organised in 2020 before the pandemic forced their postponement.