Lancashire Tourism Awards winners announced
Five hundred guests enjoyed a Lancashire-inspired dinner before Burnley-born BBC host Tony Livesey announced the winners.Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, which organised the awards, said: “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.
“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 70m 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 was the only award voted for by the public and was won by the creator of Crafty Vintage, Laura Johnson. A full list of winners can be found below.
Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalists and Winners 2017Small Visitor Attraction Award* HAPPA, Shores Hey Farm, Burnley
Large Visitor Attraction Award* Viva BlackpoolDog Friendly Award* The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley
Retail Experience Award Whalley Warm & DryLarge Hotel Award* The Midland, Morecambe
Business Tourism Provider Award* Winter Gardens BlackpoolSmall Tourism Event Award Cloudspotting, Slaidburn
Large Tourism Event Award LightPool Festival, BlackpoolLancashire Café/Tearoom Award Potters Barn, Ribchester
Self-Catering Holiday Award* Newton Hall Holiday Park, BlackpoolVisitor Experience Award Inch Perfect Trials, Whitewell
New Business Award Ascent Trampoline Park, BlackpoolWedding Venue Award Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe
Taste Lancashire Award* Bertram’s Restaurant, BurnleyLancashire Pub/Inn Award* The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston
Lancashire Producers & Makers Award Dewlay Cheesemakers, GarstangSustainable Tourism Award* Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe
Inclusive Tourism Award* Browsholme Hall, ClitheroeCulture & Heritage Award Winter Gardens Blackpool
Guest Accommodation Award* Crow Wood, BurnleySmall Hotel Award* The Villa Wrea Green * Winners of these categories will have the opportunity to represent Lancashire in the 2018 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.