THE highly anticipated launch of the 2024 Destination Management Board (DMB) Tourism Awards has taken place in Poole.

Partners, sponsors, previous year’s winners and industry professionals gathered at Nusara Thai Poole on Tuesday, May 14, for an evening of drinks, canapés and networking.

The event marked the official opening of entries for the 2024 awards, with Richard Wade, general manager of Morebus, announcing the company’s continued support as the main sponsor for a second consecutive year.

Andy Lennox, chair of the DMB, unveiled the fresh new look and logo for the awards, highlighting the growing unity within the BCP area.

He said: “I am pleased to see more people than ever coming together across BCP for the good of tourism in the area, and the awards are a significant part of this effort."

Bournemouth Echo: Launch of the DMB AwardsLaunch of the DMB Awards (Image: DMB)

The DMB Tourism Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Tim Seward, returning for a third year to deliver the awards, introduced the various partners and sponsors for 2024, along with the announcement of 19 categories.

He mentioned many favourite categories are returning, and two new voting categories have been introduced: tourism business of the year and customer service of the year.

Entries for the 2024 awards are now open, with applications and nominations closing on July 6.

Nominations and applications are open to any business in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, and the surrounding areas.

Bournemouth Echo: Launch of the DMB AwardsLaunch of the DMB Awards (Image: DMB)

The announcement of finalists event is scheduled for September 12 at the Captain's Club in Christchurch.

This year’s final awards gala ceremony will see several exciting changes, including a shift from its traditional Thursday night slot to a Friday and a move to a new venue, the Hilton Hotel.

The awards ceremony will be held on November 8, and will be followed by an after-party at the Level 8 Sky Bar.

Andy Brennan will return to lead the finalists and awards ceremony nights.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for some categories, offering a chance for businesses to gain visibility and support excellence in the tourism industry.

For more information about the awards, categories, and how to enter, visit the DMB Tourism Awards Website at