Coast is chasing tourism gongs

Tony Openshaw, marketing director Visit Lancashire

Tony Openshaw, marketing director Visit Lancashire

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BLACKPOOL, Fylde and Wyre businesses all hope to make their mark in the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

Organisers Marketing Lancashire has announced the 47-strong shortlist of top tourism firms going forward to the annual regional awards celebrating the best of the county’s £3.25bn tourism industry.

Among them are Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterpark, on opposite side of the promenade, both chasing the large attraction title.

The Sandcastle is also up against Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Claughton-on-Brock for offering Access for All, while Cobble Hey appears again for small attraction against Old Holly Farm, Cabus; and sustainable tourism against Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green.

Madame Tussauds and the Blackpool Tower Eye, both under the Merlin Entertainments banner, are vying with each other with their launch campaigns shortlisted for the marketing award.

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston appears in three categories, chasing the B&B crown against Number One St Luke’s, Blackpool, and Mode, St Annes. It also hopes to secure victory in both Taste Lancashire and the new category of tourism pub. Pleasure Beach’s Big Blue Hotel and the Dalmeny, St Annes, are shortlisted for large hotel,

Carr Royd Parks/Sunset Park, Hambleton is in the caravan holiday park category and Visit Garstang Centre hopes to become top visitor information provider.

Marketing Lancashire director Tony Openshaw said: “The quality of entrants never fails to impress and each year the competition attracts a wider range of businesses, keen to see themselves named amongst Lancashire’s best.”

Shortlisted businesses will now complete more detailed applications and undergo further scrutiny.

This year’s ceremony takes place in Preston Guild Hall, on Thursday September 13, following the official civic celebrations of Preston Guild.

Go to www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk for a full list of all 47 shortlisted businesses.