THE wait is finally over. After months of speculation and suspense, the winners and finalists of the 2016 Bournemouth Tourism Awards can be revealed.

Award-winning Sky TV presenter and journalist Jayne Secker hosted the 10th annual event at the Purbeck Hall at the BIC last night.

Business owners, managers and their teams, celebrated achievements in tourism over the past year at the largest ever finals of the Bournemouth Tourism Awards.

This year there were 16 award categories which included four new additional voting categories.

Des Simmons, chairman of Bournemouth’s Tourism Awards and managing director of Bournecoast said: “This year’s event was a remarkable achievement, we had the most entries and nominations in the 10 year history of the awards and we sold a record number of tickets.

"The guests in attendance paid tribute to all of the outstanding tourism and leisure businesses here in Bournemouth.

“Each of Bournemouth’s Tourism Awards 2016 winners and finalists has helped to create the very best tourism delivery, which is why visitors return to our town again and again.

"All winners and finalists are based in the BH1 to BH11 post code or if located outside the area, their business has a direct impact on tourism here in Bournemouth. I would like to offer our congratulations to all who participated and wish the very best for business success over the coming year continuing to boost our local economy.”

Bournemouth’s Tourism Awards 2016 Winners and Finalists:

The Education Award sponsored by Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Winner: BEBC (The Bournemouth English Book Centre)


•             Bournemouth Chinese School

•             The Hospitality and Tourism Academy


The Small Hotel Award sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

Winner: Cliff House Hotel


•             The Balincourt

•             The Chocolate Boutique Hotel

•             The Greenhouse Hotel

•             Urban Beach Hotel


The Great Time Out Award – sponsored by South Coast Windows

Winner: Rock Reef – Bournemouth Pier


•             Koh Thai Tapas

•             Swanage Railway

•             SoSBA & Coastal Bid - Wheels Comes to Southbourne 2015

•             The Oceanarium


The Retail Experience Award sponsored by Coastal BID

Winner: BoConcept


•             Beau Bijou

•             Fab Frocks of Westbourne

•             Geo. A. Payne & Son      

•             Steamer Trading Cookshop


The Transport Delivery Award sponsored by Powerboat P1

Winner: Jenni Wilkinson - Yellow Buses


•             Claire Vass - Discover Dorset

•             Nikki Honer Morebus

•             Ian Kalra - Getting About, Bournemouth Borough Council

•             Martin Trott - Swanage Railway


The Bar Personality of the Year Award sponsored by Shore Travel

Winner: Jon Nash - The Anvil


•             Trevor Ayling - Renoufs

•             Charly Cartwright - Bar So

•             Andy Coleman – Maitai Lounge

•             James Fowler - The Larder House & The Library Bar


Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast Award – sponsored by Wave 105

Winner: The Rumblin Tum Café


•             Binnies Café

•             Norwegian Wood

•             Little Pickle Deli Café

•             The Hungry Wolf Café


The Large Hotel Award – sponsored by Real Recruitment Solutions

Winner: Marsham Court Hotel


•             Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel

•             The Cumberland Hotel

•             The Connaught Hotel

•             Hotel Miramar


The Family Eating Out Experience Award – sponsored by Town Centre BID

Winner: Del Marco coffee / pizzeria


•             Nativ

•             Pinocchio Restaurant

•             Quarters Kitchen and Bar

•             Urban Reef Restaurant


The Rising Star Award – sponsored by Purple HR

Winner: Andrew Thompson - Marsham Court Hotel


•             Rupert Holloway - Conker Gin

•             James Maidment - Canvas

•             Brian Robbins - The Cumberland Hotel

•             Brett Stewart - Hotel Miramar


The Afternoon Tea Award – sponsored by A One Insurance Group

Winner: Ventana Grand Café – The Cumberland Hotel


•             Dot.Teas Vintage Tea Boutique

•             Hotel Miramar

•             The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel

•             Woosters of Westbourne


The Specialist Dining Experience Award sponsored by Hallmark Hotels

Winner: BH Live


•             Koh Lounge on the Beach

•             Nativ

•             The Larder House

•             West Beach

•             Zoukinis


The Creative Concept Award – sponsored by Daily Echo

Winner: Yellow Buses


•             Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe

•             Business Events Bournemouth

•             BH Live

•             Morebus


The World Cuisine Award – sponsored by Sandown Mercedes Benz of Poole

Winner: Koh Thai Tapas Bournemouth


•             Coriander Restaurant

•             Indis

•             Kino Lounge

•             Nativ

•             Tiien Thai


Bournemouth’s Best Night Out Award – sponsored by Heineken

Winner: Ice SKATE Bournemouth


•             Aruba

•             BarSo and 1812

•             The Cumberland Hotel

•             The Navy Blue Party – Hotel Miramar


The Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by Lester Brunt Wealth Management

Winner: Andrew Woodland


•             Mark Berry

•             Mike Francis MBE

•             Theo Lakimov

•             Mandy Payne

•             Steve Taylor