Lancashire tourism stars to shine again

Some of the winners at the 2016 Lancashire Tourism Awards
Some of the winners at the 2016 Lancashire Tourism Awards
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Tourism bosses are looking for the industry’s stars as they launch their annual awards.

Marketing Lancashire will be returning to the Blackpool Tower ballroom on November 9 for the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017.

Nominations are now open for the awards, sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire.

Among the 22 categories are two new ones, cafés/tearooms and dog-friendly establishments.

Tony Attard OBE, chairman of the board of Marketing Lancashire, said: “The annual awards are an important acknowledgement of the £3.8bn contribution that tourism makes to the local economy and our finalists in each category, without doubt, represent the very best in Lancashire tourism.

“Each year the judges are impressed by the standard of entries to the awards, and by the enterprise and commitment to excellence of the businesses taking part. They provide exceptional experiences and outstanding customer service to the 64m visitors who choose to take their short breaks and holidays in the county.”

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, added: “It always gives me great pleasure to see so many wonderful tourism businesses, inspiring teams and dedicated individuals taking part in the awards.

“I’m also delighted that so many partners and sponsors, led by Headline Sponsor the University of Central Lancashire, share our enthusiasm for celebrating Lancashire’s tourism successes.

“With more people visiting Lancashire than ever before, with the development of new accommodation, attractions and experiences, Lancashire’s tourism sector continues to thrive and offer opportunities for employment and economic growth that benefit the whole county.”

See lancashiretourismawards.com for information on entering and a full list of categories.