Best beaches honour for Hengistbury Head and Sandbanks

Bournemouth Echo: Best beaches honour for Hengistbury Head and Sandbanks, but Bournemouth beach misses out Best beaches honour for Hengistbury Head and Sandbanks, but Bournemouth beach misses out

 

Dorset has come up trumps in the annual TripAdvisor Travellers Choice awards with Hengistbury Head securing fifth position and Sandbanks eighth.

Weymouth beach came seventh. The top spot was taken by Rhossili Bay in Swansea, with surfers favourite Woolacombe Bay in Devon second.

The world's best beach award went to Rabbit Bay on the Italian island of Lampedusa. See the full list of winners here.

Bruce Grant-Braham, tourism champion for Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Dorset has some of the best quality beaches, heritage and countryside in the UK, so it is fantastic that travellers recognise the unique qualities of this outstanding area.

“After being on show to the world during the Olympics, it is wonderful that this inspiring coastline is enjoying such popularity with visitors. We look forward to welcoming even more.”

Paul Dredge, vice chairman of the Poole Tourism Panel, said: “Poole's beaches are fantastic, so it is no surprise that Sandbanks features so strongly with travellers.

“The fabulous location and harbour create a unique and very special environment with a world class reputation for water sports and great events. Wonderful facilities, play areas and glorious views to be enjoyed all year round easily make Sandbanks one of the best beaches in the world.”

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said: “These awards recognise the best beaches in the UK and beyond, according to those that really matter - travellers that have visited these beaches and given them the highest levels of praise.”

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10:44am Thu 21 Feb 13

really?? seriously?? says...

Im not surprised, i live locally and have visited Bournemouth beach of an evening during the school holidays and it looks like a tip, there is tonnes of rubbish spread all over the beach.We just turned around and went back home.Go to Studland, much cleaner.
Im not surprised, i live locally and have visited Bournemouth beach of an evening during the school holidays and it looks like a tip, there is tonnes of rubbish spread all over the beach.We just turned around and went back home.Go to Studland, much cleaner. really?? seriously??

12:10pm Thu 21 Feb 13

beachcomber1 says...

the puzzling thing is how it made the top 10 last year. there's been no discernible change for better or worse in the last year that i can see.
the puzzling thing is how it made the top 10 last year. there's been no discernible change for better or worse in the last year that i can see. beachcomber1

12:32pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Bournemouth is a fantastic beach - everybody should go there (leaving Poole Beach to us locals.......).
Bournemouth is a fantastic beach - everybody should go there (leaving Poole Beach to us locals.......). Letcommonsenseprevail

12:37pm Thu 21 Feb 13

blahblahbleurgh says...

Bournemouth beach needs a good tidy and a big reminder to all the people that use how lucky they are to have such a beautiful place because many people dont have that luxury on their doorstep
Bournemouth beach needs a good tidy and a big reminder to all the people that use how lucky they are to have such a beautiful place because many people dont have that luxury on their doorstep blahblahbleurgh

12:38pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Markmag says...

No place for Bournemouth on the winners list but success for Christchurch...

I thought Hengistbury Head was in Bournemouth?
No place for Bournemouth on the winners list but success for Christchurch... I thought Hengistbury Head was in Bournemouth? Markmag

1:12pm Thu 21 Feb 13

l'anglais says...

Markmag wrote:
No place for Bournemouth on the winners list but success for Christchurch...

I thought Hengistbury Head was in Bournemouth?
That's the prevailing wind for yer....
[quote][p][bold]Markmag[/bold] wrote: No place for Bournemouth on the winners list but success for Christchurch... I thought Hengistbury Head was in Bournemouth?[/p][/quote]That's the prevailing wind for yer.... l'anglais

1:13pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Lewcee says...

Trip Advisor is just another commercial company. Google Wikipedia - they note that the UK ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) didn't seem too impressed with them, and I certaily wouldn't expect any newspaper of good repute to quote the Company as a reliable source.
Another "bunkum" story from the Echo.
Trip Advisor is just another commercial company. Google Wikipedia - they note that the UK ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) didn't seem too impressed with them, and I certaily wouldn't expect any newspaper of good repute to quote the Company as a reliable source. Another "bunkum" story from the Echo. Lewcee

3:32pm Thu 21 Feb 13

WOC says...

Wollacombe Bay? Is that in Cornwoll?
Wollacombe Bay? Is that in Cornwoll? WOC

8:36pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Lewcee says...

Woolacombe Bay is stationary on the North DEVON coast...
Woolacombe Bay is stationary on the North DEVON coast... Lewcee

8:27am Fri 22 Feb 13

The Timelord says...

Markmag wrote:
No place for Bournemouth on the winners list but success for Christchurch...

I thought Hengistbury Head was in Bournemouth?
It was last time I looked.

Typical inaccurate reporting of the Bournemouth Echo - if they can't get a straight foreward fact like this right how can we rely on the rest of their content?
[quote][p][bold]Markmag[/bold] wrote: No place for Bournemouth on the winners list but success for Christchurch... I thought Hengistbury Head was in Bournemouth?[/p][/quote]It was last time I looked. Typical inaccurate reporting of the Bournemouth Echo - if they can't get a straight foreward fact like this right how can we rely on the rest of their content? The Timelord

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