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Dorset Tourism in the News

How an old-fashioned corner of England became a gastronomic capital

  • As featured in The Telegraph Travel Supplements
  • The thriving food scene in West Dorset was first established when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall began his River Cottage empire in Netherbury in the 1990s
  • Subsequently a spotlight shone on this region – even more brightly after the smash hit Broadchurch was filmed beneath honeyed West Bay cliffs – which has encouraged innovation and growth among the throng of local producers
  • Farm shops now abound in the winding lanes of the county

UK tourism is booming as more Brits choose to go on staycation

  • As featured in The Independent Business section
  • Small businesses catering for holidaymakers saw turnover jump 8.3 per cent in the first half of 2017
  • The UK hospitality industry is booming as the nation gears up for the final bank holiday of the year, new research has found
  • The most popular spot for Brits holidaying in their home country is the South West of England, which is attracting a third of staycationers

Dive into Deepest Dorset! Informative article and great for Dorset tourism and local business

  • As featured in the Mail on Sunday Travel section
  • An insider’s guide to a county awash with surprises, from vast arts centres to the unique Knobfest
  • Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir, authors of Deepest Dorset, reveal their tips
  • Lulworth Cove is one of Dorset’s most famous sights, for good reason
  • But there are plenty of other views, art centres and festivals to be enjoyed

2017 Dorset Tourism Awards deadline extended to 26 June 

  • The Dorset Tourism Awards is open for entryThe top 10 UK coastal walks – picked by the experts
  • The 95 miles and over 185 million years’ Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site is featured in the Telegraph Saturday Supplement where fossil hunters come from all over the world.

UK’s Most Charming Towns

  • Visit West Dorset is featured in the article on 15 of the UK’s most charming towns on FlightNetwork – one of the world’s largest online travel agencies based in Canada! Included in the article are the West Dorset towns of Dorchester, Bridport, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. Click on the link above and check out the article.

UK Emerging Destinations 2017

  • This year, trivago.co.uk reveals the UK’s emerging local destinations as part of their annual Global Summer Trends research.
  • Wareham, Dorset is the number one emerging destination for British holidaymakers in the UK. Wareham is the destination that has seen the largest increase in searches on the UK trivago platform.
  • Using exclusive price data from the past two years on trivago platforms around the world, trivago has identified the destinations that have seen the largest increase in local popularity over this period from UK users.

Dorset Tourism Awards 2017

  • South West tops the country for 5th year running in National Tourism Awards
  • South West is England’s top region for Excellence

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