Bournemouth and Poole Join Forces for the 2018 BAPTAs in association with Berendsen

The newly revealed Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards – the BAPTAs are now officially open for entries and nominations, following the VIP launch event held in the Digital Design building at Bournemouth and Poole College. The awards were kicked off in style on 11th October, with a spectacular launch event, which saw over 150 key business influencers and decision makers from the region, mingle alongside VIPs, local dignitaries, past winners and sponsors.

Guests included the Mayor of Poole, Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, Mayor of Christchurch and Chairman of East Dorset District Council, and with canapes by Rick Stein of Sandbanks, cocktails by Be AT One Bournemouth and wine supplied by Templar Wines of Poole.  Organisers unveiled the premiere of the official BAPTA film which you can watch at:

Previously known as Bournemouth Tourism Awards – the BAPTAs have been created as Poole and Bournemouth Tourism join forces and as the awards expand to include those in the BH post code area. This year the awards are brought to you in association with Berendsen, and the aim is to involve more businesses and the people than ever before to celebrate the achievements of those in the tourism industry who contribute to provide a leading resort destination.

Said Mike Francis MBE the President of the new joint tourism management board, “The awards are a fantastic opportunity for recognising those people and businesses who have worked tirelessly to deliver a world class experience to the public. Poole and Bournemouth are now working in tandem and are collectively becoming a tourism ‘powerhouse’ with a combined annual business turnover of nearly £1 billion, attracting 11 million visitors per year and sustaining over 16,000 jobs in the industry.

Tourism is, without a doubt the lifeblood of the area – providing the very foundation on which most other business sectors are now flourishing.

These awards are the one and only time the Tourism Industry in Bournemouth and Poole get together, and celebrate and it’s always a sell-out event.”

Said Jackie Phillipson from ROUTEpr and BAPTAs, “This is the 12th anniversary of the awards, they offer every type of tourism business a chance to maximise their brand, it also encourages anyone entering the awards to take stock and look at their business objectively. The awards build credibility, profile and opportunity, they are a showcase and provide great PR value for those that reach the finals. The past two years have seen year on year growth for the awards and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever with the inclusion of businesses from Poole and the surrounding BH post code areas.

For more information about getting involved with the awards contact  – there are 19 categories to enter, the application process only takes a minute and now is the time to get entering and nominating at”

The sponsors of the 2018 awards include Berendsen, Waste Management Facilities, Bournemouth English Book Centre, Marsham Court Hotel, Town Centre BID, South West Regional Assessment Centre, Oceana Hotel Group, Merley House, Meridian Lifts, Bournemouth and Poole College, HD Telecom and IT, Fusion Wi-Fi, and Eskimo EPOS.

Partners and sub sponsors include Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Amica Live, Expect Best, Templar Wines, RT Promotions and the Coastal BID and the Media Partners are The Bournemouth Daily Echo and Wave 105.

The 2018 categories are:

  • The Large Hotel Award – Sponsored by Berendsen
  • The Small Hotel Award
  • The Self-Catering Accommodation Award (NEW FOR 2018)
  • The Specialist Dining Experience Award – Sponsored by Fusion Wi-Fi
  • The Family Eating Experience Award – Sponsored by Town Centre BID
  • Best Retail Experience Award – Sponsored by Marsham Court Hotel
  • The Great Time Out Award – Sponsored by Merley House
  • BAPTAs Best Night Out Award – Sponsored by Eskimo EPOS
  • The Creative Concept of the Year Award – Sponsored by Oceana Hotel Group
  • The Education Award – Sponsored by Bournemouth English Book Centre
  • BAPTAs Rising Star Award – Sponsored by HD Telecom and IT
  • BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award – Sponsored by Bournemouth and Poole College
  • The Bar Personality of the Year Award – Sponsored by Meridian Lifts
  • New Business of the Year Award (NEW FOR 2018) – Sponsored by SWRAC
  • The International Cuisine Experience Award
  • The Unsung Hero Award
  • Transport Delivery Award
  • The Afternoon Tea Award


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