Winners bring home the silver

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire
Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire
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Winners of Marketing Lancashire’s Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013, who progressed to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2014, have brought silver honours back to the county.

Bleasdale Holiday Cottages in the Forest of Bowland, Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool) and The Parkers Arms in Clitheroe were all awarded silver at the 25th Annual Visit England Awards which took place at Cheltenham Race Course.

VisitBlackpool/Blackpool Resort Pass was highly commended in the tourism experience category and the Visit Garstang Centre was highly commended in the Visitor Information Provider category.

The 31 Gold and Silver winners were selected by a panel of tourism industry experts, chaired by VisitEngland board member and chief executive of the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire, John Hoy.

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said: “We are proud of our Lancashire tourism businesses and their achievements at the national awards.

“Their win at the highest industry level reminds everyone of the quality and variety of product available in the county, as well as the reasons why we continue to see such growth in visitors to Lancashire and

“These businesses triumphed on a county level at the Lancashire Tourism Awards and have now shown they are very worthy national winners. Congratulations to them and to Visit Blackpool and Visit Wyre, who also received recognition at the industry’s most prestigious awards.”

The annual Lancashire Tourism Awards took place at Blackburn Cathedral in November 2013 where 20 awards for tourism excellence across the county were made.

Fourteen of these were eligible to progress to the national awards, five made the finals.