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Published: November 20, 2017

In the Large Attraction Category of the Dorset Tourism Awards 2017/ 2018 Swanage Railway won the silver award.

David Rawsthorn Head of Sales and Marketing who received the award on behalf of the Swanage Railway commented

"I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of the over 600 volunteers and staff of the Swanage Railway. This year has been a very challenging year from the highs of the 50th Anniversary Commemorations of the end of Southern Steam and the start of the Wareham trial service to the lows caused by lack of steam traction during the summer school holidays. This award is testimony to the team rising to the challenge before us!"

Nick Fernyhough of headline sponsors Saffery Champness said:  “Saffery Champness Accountants are delighted to be the headline sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. Tourism within the UK is an ever-growing sector, particularly in the light of the exchange rate movements due to Brexit.  We are keen to see that Dorset is well placed to attract as much business and attention as possible, by delivering the highest quality product possible.  These awards reward and celebrate that excellence which is essential in this sector.

“We wish congratulations to all the finalists at this year’s awards. Standards have, as always, been particularly high.”

Chairman of the Judges, Professor Peter Jones commented: “As chairman of the Dorset tourism awards judging panel I’m delighted to report that the work of the panel becomes harder year-on-year. This is not just because of the number and the quality of the applications, but is a reflection of the commitment of the tourism businesses of whatever size and type in enhancing and developing the true authentic Dorset visitor experience.”

The Dorset Tourism Awards have seen year on year growth since their launch in June 2013. Robin Barker, who has developed the awards from first concept to their current success has been delighted with progress, saying: “This year has seen record entries, more sponsors and our biggest Dorset event ever. Many congratulations to all the winners, who we look forward to working with in their quest for ever higher standards.”

Successful businesses in the Dorset Awards will now be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2018 and possibly on to the National Visit England Awards in April 2018.