Tourism guru to play ‘unique’ role in new awards

DESTINATION AWARDS: At the launch of the Destination Awards at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth were, from left, David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses; Rosie Radwell, Managing Director of the Marsham Court Hotel; James Dixon-Box of dbox events; David Bailey, Chair of the Destination Management Board; Robin Barker of Dorset Tourism Awards; Jon Weaver of the Destination Management Board and Craig Mathie, Vice Chair of the Destination Management Board

Kurt Janson of the Tourism Alliance has been appointed as official Adjudicator of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s new Destination Awards.

Janson, who has worked in tourism policy and development for over 25 years, was offered the role by the Destination Management Board which oversees tourism for the newly-formed Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch (BCP) Council.

The Destination Management Board replaced the former Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Board on April 1 this year.

David Bailey, Chair of the Board said: “We are extremely pleased that Kurt Janson has agreed to bring his expertise to the Destination Awards as Adjudicator.

“These awards are unique in that they recognise businesses that are striving to make Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch a great place to visit and live and work.

“Kurt has spent much of his career working to improve quality and competitiveness within the sector and his role will be to oversee the judges’ scoring process, ensuring that all results are double checked by someone independent of the process and providing that extra level of assurance that the winners truly are the best in their fields.”

Janson said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to undertake the role of Adjudicator for the Destination Awards.

“Awards are an excellent way to develop and grow a business, providing expert appraisals and guidance, enabling you to benchmark yourself against other businesses and also to gain new ideas which you can incorporate into the products and services you provide to your customers.

“And if you are an operator that is going to spend time and resources entering an awards competition, you want to know that the judging process is run as professionally as you run your business.”

With just 14 award categories ranging from Large Hotel of the Year to International or Inbound Tourism Award, the Destination Awards will seek to recognise and celebrate the ‘best of the best’.

All finalists, not just winners will also benefit from detailed feedback to help them take their business to the next level.

Janson added “I never cease to be amazed by the innovation of the tourism industry and these awards will be an exciting new showcase for the great work being done in this part of the south coast to attract more tourism and increase facilities for residents.

“I’m very much looking forward to reading the judges’ reports on the finalists.

“The difficult bit will be singling out the winners.”

The awards will be organised and delivered by dbox events and following a comprehensive judging process including ‘mystery shoppers’, the winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre in March 2020, from five finalists in each category.

Headline sponsor Yellow Buses has signed up to support the awards for three years.

The other sponsors for 2020 are the Marsham Court Hotel and Expectations Travel.

The 14 award categories are:

Events & Cultural Award

Attraction of the Year

Large Hotel of the Year

Small or Boutique Hotel of the Year

Unserviced Accommodation of the Year

Café or Tearoom of the Year

Restaurant or Bistro of the Year

Retail Innovation Award

Getting About Award

Business Tourism Award

Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award

International or Inbound Tourism Award

Digital Transformation Award

Industry Support Award

Entries are now open until October 6.

For information on how to enter visit:

Some category sponsorship packages are still available.

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