Lancashire Tourism Awards winners announced

Twenty of the county’s finest tourism businesses have been awarded for excellence at the 10th annual Lancashire Tourism Awards.

Lancashire Tourism winnersThis year’s awards ceremony was the biggest to date, with more categories, more applications and more finalists. A number of new categories were amongst the most popular, including Best Wedding Venue, Best for Groups, Retail Experience, Cultural Venue/Organisation, Luxury Experience.

The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award went to all 250 Guilders of the Preston Guild 2012; volunteers who welcomed over one million visitors to Preston and ensured the smooth-running and success of this ‘once every twenty years’ event.

Ruth Connor, chief executive of organisers Marketing Lancashire, said: “All our finalists are deserving of recognition but our winners today have demonstrated that they are the ‘best of the best’ of Lancashire’s tourism businesses and I congratulate them.

“Tourism is of vital importance to the economic good health of Lancashire and our finalists and winners are at the forefront of a drive to improve the industry’s current £3.4bn contribution to the visitor economy, which Marketing Lancashire will proudly continue to lead and develop, through creative partnerships and strategic and ambitious marketing.”

The ceremony was hosted by Simon Calder, senior travel editor of The Independent, TV and radio broadcaster, with a Lancashire inspired three-course dinner created by Blackburn-based caterers With A Twist.

The event was directed and managed by Fettle Events with Marketing Lancashire and was the first event of its kind ever held at Blackburn Cathedral. Award-winning cheesemaker Dewlay, provided one of the ingredients for the menu, as well as a three tier celebration cheese-cake, and a special beer from Blackburn brewers Thwaites was available to guests at the drinks reception.

Guests also enjoyed live music entertainment from Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band, and the Lancashire Jazz Youth Orchestra.

Winners this year received a newly designed trophy; a handcrafted, distinctive glass wave design, featuring the Lancashire rose created by Stonegate Glass Studio.

Full list winners:

B&B/Guest Accommodation Award
The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

Small Hotel Award
The Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn

Large Hotel Award
Holiday Inn Express Burnley

Holiday Park Award
Bay View Holiday Park, Bolton le Sands

Self Catering Award
Canal Boat Cruises, Hoghton

Green Tourism Award
Bleasdale Cottages

Conference/Meeting Venue Award
Brockholes, Preston

Wedding Venue Award
Eaves Hall, Clitheroe

Luxury Experience Award
The SPA Hotel at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green

Taste Lancashire Award
The Parkers Arms, Clitheroe

Tourism Pub Award
The Assheton Arms, Clitheroe

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster

Best for Groups Award
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Small Visitor Attraction Award
Lancaster Canal Boats

Large Visitor Attraction Award
Blackpool Zoo

Retail Experience Award
Cedar Farm, Mawdesley

Visitor Event Award
Lancaster Music Festival

Customer Service Award
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Marketing Initiative Award
Blackpool Resort Pass

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award
Guilders of Preston Guild 2012

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