Hospitality & Tourism

Published: May 2, 2022 | Updated: May 2, 2022

“Stonkingly good result” says Robin as Dorset takes nearly a tenth of places in national final

Nothe Fort in Weymouth. One of four Dorset finalists shortlisted for VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2022 .
By Andrew Diprose, editor

“It’s a stonkingly good result.”

The words of Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, which manages the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

He was speaking after receiving the news that four Dorset businesses are through to the finals of the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022.

They are:

  • West Bay Discovery Centre (Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award)
  • All Hallows’ Farmhouse Cookery School, Wimborne St Giles (Experience of the Year)
  • The Acorn Inn, Evershot (Pub of the Year)
  • Nothe Fort, Weymouth (Small Visitor Attraction of the Year)

A total of 45 finalists were announced for the 15 categories with Dorset claiming almost a tenth of the available places.

A third of the finalists – 15 – come from the South West.

The awards ceremony is to be held at the Library of Birmingham on June 8.

Robin, pictured left, said: “Dorset and, indeed, the South West’s success in getting through to the national finals is incredible and our best-ever result as a region.

“I wish them every success at the finals in June.

“It’s a stonkingly good result.”

Patricia Yates, Chief Executive, VisitEngland, pictured right, said: “These awards celebrate the businesses and individuals in tourism across England who have delivered excellence during the last year and it is fantastic to see such an outstanding list of finalists.

“The impressive list reflects the sheer scale of innovation, quality and experiences across England’s tourism industry and I congratulate all the finalists and wish them the very best of luck.

“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism.

“This year’s awards are also a timely opportunity to acknowledge the determination and dedication of tourism businesses as they rebuild, and continue to champion best practice and customer service excellence, providing visitors with a stand-out experience.”