Lancashire’s Tourism Skills Awards

30 October 2009

STARS OF STAGE AND SCREEN IN NEW DOUBLE ACT

Two of the UK’s most popular television and theatre stars have been cast in new leading roles for Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board’s (LBTB’s) annual LETS (Lancashire Excellence in Tourism Skills) awards, to be held at Fleetwood Marine Hall on Thursday 12 November.

Perfectly suited to this year’s theme of ‘musicals’ award-winning actor, singer and TV star Paul Nicholas and Tupele Dorgu, actor, singer and Coronation Street favourite come together for the very first time, to present Lancashire’s most prestigious skills award ceremony which recognises the  achievements of individuals and teams working in the tourism industry.  

From Lancashire Young Chef of the Year to Tourism Team of the Year, the awards celebrate the people who contribute to Lancashire’s developing visitor economy, which this year has been part of a nationwide drive to revive the best of British traditional holidays.

Mike Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board said:

“Each year the judging panel is faced with an increasingly impressive range of nominations and the challenge of uncovering the cream of Lancashire’s tourism talent. The personal and professional qualities of all the nominees are extraordinarily high this year, which has made this process particularly difficult and in some cases lengthy.

“All the nominees deserve our congratulations and are testament to the businesses that have shown their commitment to investing in the development of quality staff, as well as exceptional levels of customer service.” 

A list of all finalists follows, with the eventual winner in each of the following categories receiving £100 cash prize, as well as a spotlight on their remarkable achievement:

·  Excellence in Customer Service

·  Lancashire Young Chef of the Year

·  Most Outstanding Young Tourism Manager

·  Best New Entrant to the Industry

·  Outstanding Learner Award

·  Best Practice in Training and Career Development

·  Commitment to the Industry

·  Unsung Hero

·  Tourism Team of the Year

For more information or to book a place for the event and dinner please contact: Diane Blakemore

Tel: 01257 226611 or e-mail: dblakemore@lbtbltd.com

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Media enquiries: Anna Izza, Communications Executive, Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board on 01257 226614 or aizza@lbtbltd.com

 LETS Finalists 2009  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Welcome to Excellence

 

 

 

Airport and Tourist Information Centre Assistants

Blackpool International Airport

Blackpool

Emma Eccleston

Stanley House Hotel

Ribble Valley

Fiona Whitworth

Barcelo Blackpool Imperial Hotel

Blackpool

Leanne Bebbington

Best Western Leyland Hotel

South Ribble

Rebecca Wilby

New Holly

Wyre

Sandcastle Waterpark Team

Sandcastle Waterpark

Blackpool

Vanessa Howard

Clough Bottom Farm Cottages

Ribble Valley

Yvonne Battelle

The Berwick

Blackpool

 

Best New Entrant to the Industry sponsored by Lancashire County Developments Ltd

James Gray

The Ashton

Lancaster

Roger Burnside

Cleveley Mere

Wyre

Samantha Thornton

Pickerings Country House Hotel

Wyre

 

Unsung Hero

Adrian Montalbo

New Holly

Wyre

Carol Brown

Farmer Teds Farm Park

West Lancashire

Doreen Haywood

Hilton Hotel Blackpool

Blackpool

Elaine Cowap

Out’n’About

Wyre

Gary Priestley

Elgin Hotel

Blackpool

Riccy Caunce

Toast Cafe Bar

Blackpool

 

Most Outstanding Young Tourism Manager

Matthew Wilson

Huntley’s of Samlesbury

South Ribble

Sarah Shaw

Stanley House Hotel

Ribble Valley

Gary Tennant

Lancaster House Hotel

Lancaster

 

Lancashire Young Chef of the Year sponsored by essential cuisine

Daniel Southern

Camerons Restaurant

Chorley

Carl Cook

The Punchbowl

Preston

Christopher McClure

The Plough Inn

Lancaster

Craig Armstrong

Best Western Leyland Hotel

South Ribble

Craig Johnson

The Water Witch

Lancaster

Dawid Tomko

New Holly

Wyre

Martin Hargreaves

Cassis at Stanley House Hotel

Ribble Valley

Sam Lee

The Fenwick Arms

Lancaster

Sam Sanderson

New Holly

Wyre

 

Most Valuable Volunteer

Karen Oldroyd

Hilton Hotel Blackpool

Blackpool

Susan Humphreys

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Preston

 

Outstanding Learner Award sponsored by Runshaw Business Centre

Lisa Jackson

Huntleys of Samlesbury

South Ribble

Joseph Pilling

Liberty’s Hotel and the Alabama Showboat

Blackpool

Olivia Johnson

The Weird Fish

Wyre

 

Best Practice in Training and Career Development sponsored by Lancashire Economic Partnership

Training Team

Liberty’s Hotel and the Alabama Showboat

Blackpool

HR Team

Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Blackpool

Management and Training Team

Sandcastle Waterpark

Blackpool

Sue Culshaw

Pavers Outlet

Wyre

 

Commitment to the Industry sponsored by Sandcastle Waterpark

Brian Jones

Hilton Hotel Blackpool

Blackpool

Eileen Morgan

Best Western Leyland Hotel

South ribble

Leye D Johns

Liberty’s Hotel and the Alabama Showboat

Blackpool

Maxine Smith

Barcelo Blackpool Imperial Hotel

Blackpool

Simon Entwistle

Top Hat Tours

Ribble Valley

 

Tourism Team of the Year sponsored by Blackpool International

Airport and Tourist Information Centre Assistants

Blackpool International Airport

Blackpool

Front of House Team

Farmer Teds Farm Park

West Lancashire

Huntley’s of Samlesbury

South Ribble

Information staff

Discover Pendle Centre

Pendle

Maurizio and Cinzia Fraquelli Bocchi

La Locanda Ristorante Italiano and Wine Bar

Ribble Valley

Pleasure Beach Ambassadors

Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Blackpool

Sandcastle Waterpark

Blackpool

Stephen Jepson and Rebecca Wilby

New Holly

Wyre

Thornton Fisheries

Wyre

TOAST Server Team

Toast Cafe Bar

Blackpool

Tourism Team

Wyre Borough Council

Wyre

Vanessa Howard, Rachael Robinson, Annette Ritchie

Clough Bottom Farm Cottages

Ribble Valley

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