POOLE has celebrated its annual tourism awards ceremony, The Palms, for the fifth time.
Over 90 key tourism and business figures gathered at the Harbour Heights restaurant to celebrate the high standard of tourism operators and businesses in the town.
Bruce Grant-Braham, chairman of the Poole Tourism Management Board, said: "Poole businesses are leading the way and setting even higher standards which exceed customers expectations year on year."
The Les Bouviers Restaurant with rooms was named Development of the Year for providing Poole's only five star guest graded accommodation and the growth of Poole Park Fest from a small community event to 25,000 spectators this year earned Promotion of the Year.
Tourism personality of the Year was awarded to John Corderoy, owner and managing director of Tower Park based Breeze Volkswagen, for his personal support and sponsorship of tourism events.
A special judges award was also presented to The Lost Quay street theatre by Fladermouse Productions, which brought Poole's rich history to life with stories about the infamous pirate Harry Paye.
Jonathan Sibbett, director at Sibbett Gregory, said: "We are proud to sponsor this event as Poole has an excellent tourism product which serves to make the town attractive not just to visitors and residents but to people wanting to invest and grow in this vibrant town.
"The Palms is a fantastic way to reward those businesses and individuals who have invested both their enthusiasm and commitment to play their full part in Poole's reputation for excellence."