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Lancashire Leaders in English Tourism

Wednesday, 3rd February 2016

Marketing Lancashire is celebrating the announcement that four Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015 winners have beaten strong competition from across the country and will now represent Lancashire, as finalists, in the prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016 which will take place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Tuesday 8 March, during English Tourism Week (5-13 March).

The Lancashire finalists include: Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe, Sustainable Tourism category; The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston in the Tourism Pub category; La Locanda, Gisburn in the Taste of England category; Morecambe Bay Cycle Way, in the Tourism Experience Category.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire commenting on the news said

“It’s a proud day for Lancashire tourism as we hear that four of our Lancashire Tourism Award winners will be returning to Winter Gardens Blackpool, this time as finalists in the national Visit England Awards for Excellence. Lancashire is renowned for authentic, world class food and drink so, we’re thrilled to see La Locanda and The Cartford Inn going forward in the Taste of England and Tourism Pub categories. Our love of the great outdoors and respect for the environment will also be superbly represented by the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way and Browsholme Hall, finalists in the Tourism Experience and Sustainable Tourism categories.

“Lancashire leads the way with more finalists than any other North West destination, our heartfelt congratulations to each of them and their teams for achieving the highest level of industry recognition, and for continuing to make Lancashire the place where life feels good.”

Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence inspire and motivate businesses to become outstanding leaders in the industry. All finalists will receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award which will be announced at the event taking place in the finalists’ home county in March.

 “Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England,” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland. 

“We received over 400 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt those shortlisted are a representatives of the best in the industry who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors in England at the heart of their business operations. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck on Awards night at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.”

Photo attached shows: Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015, held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on 5 November 2015.  Most of the winners in these regional awards then have the opportunity to enter the national Visit England Awards for Excellence.


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