Gold award for Purbeck tourist information centre

Tourism Gold awardThe Discover Purbeck Information Centre, Wareham has won Gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards

The Centre, which is based in Wareham Library, won the Gold award in the Dorset Tourist Information Service of the Year category.

The Information Centre is the first point of contact for many of Purbeck’s visitors. The Centre’s team, which offers a first class professional service and a wealth of local knowledge, welcomes almost 100,000 visitors every year, including local residents and those who choose to enjoy their holidays in the district of Purbeck.

The Centre also provides a range of information on events via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

For the third year running, Swanage Tourist Information Centre won bronze in the same category for its excellent tourist information provision.

Councillor Cherry Brooks, Economy and Infrastructure Portfolio Holder for Purbeck District Council, said: “A huge congratulations to the Discover Purbeck Information Centre on this Gold award. We always strive to maintain high standards and it is really good to know that this has been recognised by the award.

“I also send congratulations to the Swanage TIC on winning the bronze award. Two out of three awards given to the Purbeck district just shows how committed our teams are to giving the best service to visitors to our area.”

Councillor Brooks concluded:  “Tourism is such an important part of Purbeck’s economy, so it’s good to know that these services are recognised.”

Both information centres went through a rigorous three-stage judging process which involved initial scoring of an entry form, a programme of mystery visits and finally decisions by an independent panel.

The awards ceremony took place at the Tank Museum, Bovington on Thursday 13 October 2016. As award winners, both information centres will receive a range of PR benefits.

The Discover Purbeck Information Centre relocated to the Wareham Library, South Street, Wareham premises in 2012, enabling it to provide an enhanced service, including 6-days-a-week opening, at a reduced cost due to partnership working.

Visit www.dorsettourismawards.org.uk for details of all the award winners.

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