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Dorset Welcomes Group Travel Buyers

The delights of Dorset were proudly presented to a group of global tour operators on Wednesday as part of a 3 day ‘Showcase South West’ event organised as part of the South West Tourism Growth Fund programme.

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership had the pleasure of hosting the tour operators who were taken to see a selection of Dorset’s finest attractions and sample some of the county’s famed local produce.

The tour operators, who specialise in organising excursions to the UK from across the world, arrived in Dorset on Tuesday evening and enjoyed dinner at the Smuggler’s Inn at Osmington before spending the night at the Heights Hotel on Portland.

Wednesday’s itinerary began with a flight on the Jurassic Skyline, complete with a tasting of the tower’s own-branded cider, followed by a trip to Abbotsbury to admire the quintessentially Dorset village and visit the Subtropical Gardens.

The group then travelled to Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in Dorchester and journeyed east along the coast to see Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, two of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic landmarks.

To finish the visit, the group were treated to a Dorset themed meal at the Greyhound Inn at Corfe Castle and a tour of the majestic castle ruins.

This high profile trip followed an exciting day at the South West Showcase B2B workshop in Torquay where the Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership together with Bournemouth and Poole Tourism pitched the county’s fantastic group travel offer to nearly 50 coach tour operators.

Nick Thornley, on behalf of the Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership, said “This has been a marvellous opportunity to market Dorset to an international audience. The pan-Dorset tourism teams have been working incredibly hard to help co-ordinate a programme of travel trade activity and we look forward to attracting lots more international business to the area as a result of their efforts.”