Dorset AONB’s contribution to tourism in the South West was recognised last week (Thursday 1 February) at the South West Tourism Awards 2017/18 when a special ‘Outstanding contribution to Tourism Award’ was given to the region’s protected landscapes (including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, the Jurassic Coast and the Southwest Coastpath).


504The special award was presented at the awards ceremony, which has become the single largest gathering of tourism businesses in the region, with over 400 delegates present at the Riviera Conference Centre in Torquay.

Chairman of the South West Tourism Alliance, Alistair Handyside, explained why the protected landscapes had been singled out:

“The teams that work at this brilliant award winner range from volunteers on one hand, to key staff who run and manage the assets. I have been privileged to have worked with several of them at close quarters and know also the pressures that they are under to retain funding to maintain the Natural Capital that we all love and cherish.

Today, Tourism in the South West would like to recognise the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ that the Protected Landscapes make, that in turn, enables us to deliver such wonderful, and varied visitor experiences for our guests.”

Dorset AONB Visitor Tourism and Access Manager, Sally King was thrilled to receive the award on behalf of the protected landscapes “I’m really pleased that the work of the AONB and the Jurassic Coast Trust has been recognised. Our work to promote Dorset food and drink, to develop opportunities for people to enjoy the heritage of the area and our support of cultural tourism initiatives all benefit people who live and work here as well as visitors.”

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