Business across Lancashire are gearing up for the annual Lancashire Tourism Awards.
The awards, aimed at celebrating the great and good of the county’s tourist industry, have been officially launched.
New categories introduced this year include 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 applications must be submitted by September 1 with the shortlist announced on Monday September 22, followed by an interview by judging panel in October ,
Awards will be handed out 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. Latest figures show that more visitors are choosing Lancashire for either a short break or for a day visit because of the quality, choice and diversity the county offers, there is literally something for everyone! The industry deserves an awards event that solely recognises and rewards those who are at the best in class.”
She added:“Following the huge success of last year’s event at Blackburn Cathedral we are working hard to raise the bar again and deliver an event not to be missed.”
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.
Details application forms can be found on the website www.lancashiretourismawards.co.uk