With the team at Darren Northeast PR already in the midst of a highly successful awards season, the Dorset Tourism Awards 2016 exceeded all expectations. Taking place within one of the county’s most impressive tourist attractions, we were delighted to be both sponsoring a category and eagerly awaiting awards announcements for two clients as well!
Arriving early at Bovington Tank Museum, our Junior PR Account Manager and history graduate Dan had a great time exploring the fascinating collection, which featured tanks from World War One to the present day. As we entered the main hall we were joined by over 240 guests, seated beneath the barrels of several mighty machines. Robin Barker, awards organiser then opened the evening. He was then followed by experienced journalist Fanny Charles who gave an impassioned speech discussing the increasing quality and importance of Dorset’s unique tourism offering. We were then treated to a superb three-course dinner, showcasing excellent local ingredients from a Dorset Pâté and Chutney starter to a Dorset Blueberry and Lemon Fondant dessert.
In total 61 trophies were presented over the evening to a variety of outstanding tourism businesses. As sponsors of the Best Small Attraction category, Darren presented several awards in person. This included a Gold award to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, for providing an excellent local visitor experience.
As more and more winners were announced, both of our clients could join in with the celebrations. The Southbourne Shake and Stir Vintage Festival was first to receive an award, winning silver in the Festival and Tourism Event of the Year category. The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth soon followed, also winning a silver award, this time in the Small Hotel Boutique & Guest Accommodation of the Year category. Nearing the end of the ceremony, Brenden Howard the manager of The Grove Hotel was awarded the Unsung Hero for Customer Service gold award after a special consideration from the judges.
Darren Northeast, Managing Director of Darren Northeast PR comments:
“We had a fabulous time at this years Dorset Tourism Awards. With the competition always improving and a massive 40% increase on entries from previous years, to win any accolade at these awards was a huge achievement. We were, therefore, delighted to have helped two happy clients win three awards over the course of the night.’’
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