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Lancashire Tourism Stars Celebrate Success At The 2014 Awards Ceremony

Lancashire-Tourism-Stars-Celebrate-Success-At-The-2014-Awards-CeremonyThe Blackpool Tower Ballroom proved the magnificent setting for Marketing Lancashire’s annual Lancashire Tourism Awards, where over 600 colleagues from the tourism industry also helped mark the 120th Anniversary of The Blackpool Tower. The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2014 is Marketing Lancashire’s biggest event to date and was sold out weeks before the actual event, with a waiting list for the hottest ticket in town.

Twenty of the county’s finest tourism businesses and a Tourism Superstar received awards for excellence in their field, with most of the Lancashire winners now having the opportunity to go on to represent Lancashire in the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2015.
The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2014 Host Sponsor, The Blackpool Tower and Destination Sponsor, Blackpool Council were joined by Headline Sponsors University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Virgin Trains and Blackpool and the Fylde College at the glittering dinner and awards ceremony, masterfully presented by esteemed journalist and broadcaster, John Sergeant.

John was one of the first and most memorable celebrities to appear on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing; this hugely popular dance contest is broadcast each year from Blackpool’s world famous Tower Ballroom, as the celebrity contestants reach the most hotly contested final stages of the series.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, in her opening speech thanked the sponsors and business community for their incredible support, before continuing
“Tonight is all about YOU, our Lancashire tourism businesses and ambassadors who are simply the best in terms of quality, diversity, endurance and sheer tenacity in creating products, services and experiences that customers come back for time and time again.

“You as businesses, suppliers, individuals, and entrepreneurs have created and delivered tremendous success stories that help Marketing Lancashire tell the Lancashire story in such a powerful way. I congratulate and thank each and every one of you for not only being here tonight but for making such a difference to the Lancashire economy.”
The evening’s final award was for Tourism Superstar, with the winner decided by an online public vote hosted by Lancashire Evening Post; the Tourism Superstar award acknowledges an individual who has gone the ‘extra mile’ to enhance the visitor experience or has been an extraordinary ambassador for Lancashire tourism. This year’s winner Sue Copp, who has worked for over 20 years at Sandcastle Waterpark, was presented with her award by County Councillor, Jennifer Mein Leader of Lancashire County Council.

The Winners were:

A full list of all finalists with the winner in each category highlighted follows:

B&B/Guest Accommodation Award*

The Castle Inn, Hornby – WINNER

Holiday Park/Holiday Village Award*

Bay View Holiday Park, Carnforth- WINNER

Small Hotel Award*

Northcote, Langho – WINNER

Large Hotel Award*

Lancaster House Hotel – WINNER

Self-Catering Holiday Provider Award*

The Berkeley Apartments, Blackpool

Crook Hall Farm, Nr Ormskirk – WINNER

Conference / Meeting Venue Award*

Winter Gardens, Blackpool -WINNER

Wedding Venue Award

Ashton Hall, Lancaster – WINNER

Taste Lancashire Award*

Parkers Arms, Newton in Bowland – WINNER

Tourism Pub Award*

Freemasons at Wiswell – WINNER

Retail Experience Award

Cedar Farm, Mawdesley – WINNER

Tourism Event Award*

Vintage by the Sea, Morecambe – WINNER


Small Visitor Attraction Award*

Canal Boat Cruises, Hoghton – WINNER

Large Visitor Attraction Award*

East Lancashire Railway – WINNER

Cultural Venue / Organisation Award

Winter Gardens, Blackpool – WINNER

Sustainable Tourism Award*

Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green – WINNER

Luxury Experience Award

Northcote, Langho – WINNER

Best Visitor Experience Award*

St Annes Beach Huts – WINNER

Customer Service Award

Premier Inn Preston South Hotel – WINNER

New Business Award

Brickhouse Farm Cottages, Hambleton – WINNER

Best for Groups Award

Leighton Hall, Carnforth – WINNER

Tourism Superstar

Sue Copp, Sandcastle Waterpark – WINNER

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