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Winners announced at Poole Tourism Awards
A TV series that generated huge visitor interest in Poole and a holiday park which attracts 100,000 visitors a year are among winners of prestigious tourism awards.
Five category winners of the Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Awards and a sponsors special award were revealed at a ceremony held at the hytes suite, Harbour Heights Hotel.
Now in its 10th year, Poole's annual premier awards ceremony, sponsored by local commercial property agents, surveyors and town planners Sibbett Gregory, celebrates tourism businesses and the talented individuals behind them whose hard work and dedication attracts visitors to the town.
“All of this year's winners and nominees are exemplars in their fields and their contributions play a key role in creating Poole's unique reputation as a visitor destination,” said Jonathan Sibbett, director at Sibbett Gregory.
“We are exceptionally proud to sponsor this event and it is a fantastic way to recognise the enthusiasm and commitment of our tourism professionals who offer ever increasing levels of quality to our visitors.
“The winners should be justifiably proud of their achievements.”
Tourism Promotion of the Year went to the ITV series Harbour Lives, presented by Ben Fogle. Visits to the Poole Tourism website and its Facebook page tripled and it generated extensive visitor interest.
Development of the Year was Rockley Park Holiday Park whose parent company Bourne Leisure aims for it to be one of the country's top quality holiday resorts. Visitors to the park are in the region of 100,000 a year.
Green Tourism Initiative winner was South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, one of a handful of businesses to have been awarded gold standard from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Supporting Tourism in Poole went to Swanage Railway which is run mainly by volunteers and attracts more than 200,000 passengers a year. With Blue Line Cruises it offers a boat trip from Poole Harbour, a steam journey to Corfe Castle and return by boat or open top bus.
Long Term Contribution to Tourism went to the National Trust, Brownsea Island, which this year celebrated 50 years of the Poole Harbour island being open to the public. The island attracts around 120,000 visitors a year.
The Sponsors Special Award went to Brownsea Open Air Theatre, which also celebrated its 50th anniversary of producing a play by William Shakespeare every year, bar three. Run by volunteers, BOAT has raised more than £200,000 for the NT.
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