Visit Dorset Business Support Hub Quality gradings & awards

Awards schemes and independent assessment for star ratings can be a great way to health check your business on an annual basis. Taking a closer look at how your business is evolving in a changing business environment will help you to grow your customer base and give you new opportunities to market your business which has the potential to make you stand out from your competitors.

Visit Dorset supports the National Quality Assurance Schemes VisitEngland (now operated by AA), the AA Quality Assessment Scheme, the new Quality in Tourism Scheme, and the Dorset Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme (DAVAS), which are still seen as a quality standard for many visitors. 

Businesses that are not participating in an accredited scheme will be able to work with us, providing that they are willing to comply with and sign our Visit Dorset Accommodation Charter.

Award schemes

Many award winning businesses in Dorset ultimately go on to become national and even international award winners which creates fantastic publicity for the whole destination.

We were proud to be one of the sponsors for the Dorset Tourism Awards and were there at the awards ceremony to congratulate our members who won awards.

Here is a list of all the award schemes available for Dorset businesses:

Dorset Tourism Awards

Dorset Business Awards

Coast With The Most Destination Awards

Great Taste Awards

Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards

South West Tourism Awards

VisitEngland Awards For Excellence

Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards

Green Tourism

David Bellamy Conservation Awards

Blue Flag and Seaside Award

Green Flag Awards

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