Bournemouth Wins Prestigious British Travel Award

Bournemouth has been announced as the winner of the Best UK Seaside Town in the prestigious 2019 British Travel Awards.The announcement was made on 27 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by nearly a thousand travel industry representatives.


Bournemouth’s seven-mile stretch of perfect coastline and Blue Flag beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a vacation at any time of the year. City style breaks beside the sea can be enjoyed in a variety of accommodation from iconic period hotels and national chains to intimate family B&Bs and contemporary, stylish overnight accommodation at Beach Lodges.

Along with neighboring Poole and Christchurch, Bournemouth is known as the Coast with the Most. Every kind of watersport is available, you can walk, cycle, run along the seafront or through the Victorian Gardens, enjoy panoramic views from the clifftops or enjoy picture perfect sunsets. Meanwhile indoor activities are also plentiful in and around Bournemouth – museums, cinemas, theatres, bars, coffee shops and restaurants all contribute to a fabulous experience.”

Chris Saunders, Acting Service Director, Culture & Destination at BCP Council, commented,

We are delighted that Bournemouth has been voted the best UK Seaside Town at the British Travel Awards for the second time, particularly as this is a vote of confidence from the tens of thousands of visitors who come to our town throughout the year. It is fantastic that the huge amount of work done by everyone in the travel, tourism and leisure sectors in Bournemouth is being recognised in this way particularly as we are currently in the middle of the annual Christmas Tree Wonderland festival.”

British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said:

“Bournemouth is to be congratulated on winning Best UK Seaside Town. Competition was particularly strong this year but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business.  The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade.”

Bournemouth’s Destination Management Board Vice Chair, Craig Mathie adds,

“In a hotly contested category, the award is testament, not just to the stunning landscape, but to the collaborative approach taken to develop such a unique proposition both for the residents of the conurbation and our regional, national and international visitors. Bournemouth is creating the blueprint for a forward-thinking, innovative and prosperous coastal community and it is great to see this being acknowledged across the UK and beyond.”

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