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Bournemouth is open for business!

Bournemouth is open for business! That’s the message from the Bournemouth Tourism Board after last week’s BAPTAs ceremony.

Forget the snow – we’re all thinking about sunshine and long, lazy days on the beach and long, hectic nights in the town’s hotels and nightclubs.

We were guests of Canvas – Bournemouth’s only loft bar – at the glittering ceremony on Thursday night.

Prince Ogbuji from Nativ won the rising star award. We were also delighted to see Chaplins win best night out award. Boscombe is our spiritual (and former) home and Chapins is a really unique venue.

Ocean Palace (where I spent my 22nd birthday) tied with Tiien Thai for the International Cuisine Award. And the Pause Cats Cafe won the New Business of the Year trophy just days after being featured in The Times.

Winner of The Large Hotel Award, sponsored by Berendsen, was The Cumberland Hotel and the other awards covered dining, hotel and self-catering accommodation, activities, retailer experience, green initiatives, Rising Stars, bar staff and more.

Michelle Lessig, Regional Client Manager at Berendsen, said: “We congratulate The Cumberland Hotel and ALL of the winners and finalists. We are proud and thrilled to be associated with the awards, which this year drew exceptional entries from across the region, including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown, Verwood, Wimborne, Wareham and Swanage.”

“Not only do the BAPTAs raise the profile of tourism in Dorset across the BH postcode area, but our worthy winners act as beacons for those who will enter in the future.”

Andy Woodland, Chairman of the Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Management Board said: “Many tourism businesses and organisations work together to make the tourism economy so strong in Dorset. The variety and standard of entries this year has been incredible. Altogether tourism spend brings in over a £1billion in our area and annually to our local community and represents at least 25 per cent of the areas gross income.”

About the author ‘Suzi Dixon’

Editor in chief of bournemouthnews.info Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Now, amongst other things, she guest writes for us at Lets Go Out!

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