Lancashire tourism stars shine at glittering awards night in Blackpool Tower Ballroom

lancashire tourism awardsWINNERS of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017 have been announced at a glittering dinner attended by more than 500 industry guests in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Chair of the Board of Marketing Lancashire Tony Attard OBE DL introduced this year’s guest presenter, Burnley-born journalist and presenter of Drive on BBC Radio 5 Live, Tony Livesey.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, said in her opening speech: “A thriving visitor economy makes such a difference to a place and the latest annual visitor figures to Lancashire are now at a record-breaking 67m.

“With these visitors spending over £4.1bn and with almost 60,000 people now employed in tourism, we have a great deal to celebrate and look forward to together.

“This is a fantastic industry to work in with so many opportunities and we all need to encourage more young people to choose careers in tourism.

“We have so many talented individuals and teams who run businesses but also the level of investment that is going into continuing to raise our game, is giving Lancashire real stand out as a destination and as a place to work.

“I believe we have the people, the products and above all else, the right attitude to get this county noticed and appreciated.

“We have a lot to achieve to get to our goal of 70 million annual visitors by 2020 but with collaboration, partnership working, with ambition and confidence, and with our true Lancashire spirit we will definitely get there.”

Lancashire’s Tourism Superstar Award 2017 – the only award voted for by the public – went to Laura Johnson, creator of event organiser Crafty Vintage.

Other category winners were as follows:

Small Visitor Attraction Award*

HAPPA, Shores Hey Farm, Burnley

Large Visitor Attraction Award*

Viva Blackpool

Dog Friendly Award*

The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley

Retail Experience Award

Whalley Warm & Dry

Large Hotel Award*

The Midland, Morecambe

Business Tourism Provider Award*

Winter Gardens Blackpool

Small Tourism Event Award

Cloudspotting, Slaidburn

Large Tourism Event Award

LightPool Festival, Blackpool

Lancashire Café/Tearoom Award

Potters Barn, Ribchester

Self-Catering Holiday Award*

Newton Hall Holiday Park, Blackpool

Visitor Experience Award

Inch Perfect Trials, Whitewell

New Business Award

Ascent Trampoline Park, Blackpool

Wedding Venue Award

Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe

Taste Lancashire Award*

Bertram’s Restaurant, Burnley

Lancashire Pub/Inn Award*

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

Lancashire Producers & Makers Award

Dewlay Cheesemakers, Garstang

Sustainable Tourism Award*

Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Inclusive Tourism Award*

Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Culture & Heritage Award

Winter Gardens Blackpool

Guest Accommodation Award*

Crow Wood, Burnley

Small Hotel Award*

The Villa Wrea Green

*winners of these categories will have the opportunity to represent Lancashire in the 2018 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

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