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Tourism & Partner Organisations

Poole Tourism and the Management Board work closely with other organisations to enhance the tourism offer and to help improve the local economy.

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Poole and Bournemouth Destination Partnership
Where possible Poole and Bournemouth work jointly and the two Tourism Management Boards meet twice annually to discuss the joint action plan and other issues.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership
The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership does three things, invests, lobbies and unites.
The Dorset LEP is controlled by a voluntary board comprising of leaders from a vast variety of different business backgrounds, alongside representatives from local government and also from further and higher education. The Board work together to interpret the strategic priorities for Dorset, and also seek to eradicate barriers that would otherwise prevent growth, whilst also pursuing capital investment.

The Tourism Leisure and Hospitality champion on the LEP is Dr Bruce Grant-Braham.   Bruce is a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University and highly regarded in the tourism industry.  In addition to lecturing at Bournemouth University, Bruce is chair of Poole Tourism’s Management Board.

Dorset Destination Management Board
Recently formed the aim of the Dorset Destination Management Board is to promote an identity for Dorset and promote/market the brand.   Each Dorset Tourist Board will contine to market and promote is own area.

The main priorities for the DDMB are
•   prepare a destination marketing plan for Dorset
•   develop, grow and co-ordinate events
•   develop a Visitor Information Plan
•   establish effective DMO for Dorset
•   enhance Management of Dorset brand

Copies of the 2014-2018 Destination Management Plan (both evidence and final report) can be downloaded from this page.

National Coastal Tourism Academy
The National Coastal Tourism Academy, is a pioneering new initiative designed to boost tourism growth and create jobs, initially in Bournemouth but then in coastal destinations across the UK.

The NCTA’s ambitious purpose is to establish an entire coastal destination as a centre within its hospitality and tourism sector, and then offer other destinations access to practical support and market intelligence to reinvigorate coastal economies and create new jobs.

South West Tourism Alliance
The South West Tourism Alliance, is an industry-led consortium managing key projects supporting the industry since the closure of South West Tourism at the end of March 2011. The South West Tourism Alliance has no offices and no staff team. They work as a virtual team through the website on transition work or funded projects that are co-ordinated under the Alliance umbrella.

Tourism Support in England

Tourism is supported by many different organisations and associations whose collective aim is to deliver the maximum benefit to the industry. Support is provided at national, regional and county/district/local level to help deliver quality tourism throughout England.

Visit Britain link will open in new window - the national organisation designed to market Britain. Formed by the merger of the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council, its mission is to build the value of tourism by creating world-class destination brands and marketing campaigns.   VisitBritain develops the accommodation schemes, sets the standards, and champions the ratings and promotes only quality-assessed accommodation in the enjoyEngland campaigns and all VisitBritain international marketing activities.

Quality in Tourism link will open in new window - The quality department within VisitBritain's Commercial & Marketing services is responsible for development and maintenance of the quality schemes, communication of the quality message to consumers, and management of the contracts for the delivery of the quality assessment schemes in England.

Visit England link will open in new window - enjoyEngland is the domestic arm of VisitBritain and is the official tourist board for England.  The above takes you to the business arm of Visit England.

International Education Forum link will open in new window
Established in 2000, the International Education Forum (IEF) brings together local education courses and service providers, based in Bournemouth and Poole, to promote the conurbation as a world class centre of excellence for UK based international education.

The IEF’s vision is based on the UK’s worldwide reputation for the quality and range of education available to overseas students as well as the country’s teaching expertise and internationally recognised qualifications. The IEF is the first Forum of its kind in the UK and Europe, bringing together the full range of international education providers under one organisational structure. The Forum’s vision stresses that the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation excels in all areas encompassing the provision of a first class international education.



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