Extra time to apply for popular business awards

Winners: Preston Guilders won a Lancashire Business Award last year
Winners: Preston Guilders won a Lancashire Business Award last year
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Organisers of a popular business awards have extended the deadline for entries to enable more people to take part.

The Lancashire Tourism Awards are intended to celebrate the great and good of the county’s tourist industry.

A host of new categories have been introduced this year, including awards for New Business Award highlighting high-performing new businesses showing great potential in the Lancashire tourism market place and Visitor Experience of the Year Award, for those standout visitor experiences in Lancashire from sporting activities, cookery classes, heritage tours or educational experiences.

Other categories range from accommodation to venues, attractions/events and contribution to tourism.

Entry to the awards is free and the closing date for applications has been extended to September 15. A shortlist will be announced and that will be followed by interviews by a panel of judges.

Awards will be handed out before an audience of 500 industry-related professionals at a glittering ceremony in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, which is celebrating it’s 120th anniversary this year, on Thursday November 6. ,

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said: “Tourism is vital to the economic success and growth of Lancashire, contributing £3.5 billion to the local economy and supports over 56,000 jobs.”

Last year Brockholes Nature Reserve won Conference/Meeting Venue Award, Canal Boat Cruises won Self Catering Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award went to the Guilders of Preston Guild 2012.

Application forms can be found on the website www.lancashiretourismawards.co.uk