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Press Release Issued: November 2017

The Italian Villa, based at Compton Acres in Poole, has won the Gold award for “Venue & Business Tourism” at the annual Dorset Tourism Awards. The multi award-winning venue was put through a gruelling multi-stage judging process. This included mystery visits, and The Italian Villa came out top in their category.

The illustrious Dorset Tourism Awards ceremony took place at The Lighthouse, Poole on Thursday 16 November 2017. The night was hosted by BBC Radio Solent’s Steve Harris and celebrated the very best tourism businesses from across Dorset. Trophies were handed to 66 winners from all corners of the county – whittled down from a record number of entries this year.

The judges congratulated The Italian Villa for excelling through the stages of the judging process. They were particularly impressed by the sheer number of people The Italian Villa bring into the region. Their bespoke weddings, corporate and private events packages attract visitors from across the UK and even abroad.

Dorset Tourism Awards – Gold Winner

Commenting on the win, Tony Beales, Managing Director of The Italian Villa, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Gold Award for Venue & Business Tourism. 2017 is looking likely to be our best year in business yet. Our fantastic team has worked incredibly hard to get us here – making this award even more valuable to us. I believe this is a testament to the incredible team we have at The Italian Villa. I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has made winning this award possible.”

Chairman of the Judges, Professor Peter Jones commented:

“As chairman of the Dorset tourism awards judging panel, I’m delighted to report that the panel’s work becomes harder year-on-year. Not just because of the number and quality of applications, but a reflection of the commitment to the tourism businesses. Whatever size and type they’re 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 their first concept to their current success is 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 within their quest for ever higher standards.”

Italian Villa Wins Gold - Dorset Tourism Awards

Dorset Awards winners will be fast-tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in Torquay in February 2018. If successful in the South West Awards they’ll be entered into the National Visit England Awards in April 2018.

Are you planning your dream wedding? Looking for an exclusive wedding venue to hire in Dorset? Want a choice of bespoke wedding packages tailored to suit you? Look no further, contact us today! To book a viewing at the multi-award winning wedding venue The Italian Villa, call 01202 816074 or email