A POPULAR tourism magazine has ranked Blackpool as the number one resort in the country.
Readers of Group Leisure praised the town for its ability to offer a number of quality attractions for visiting families.
The resort was commended by readers for developing a range of packages for visitors and for taking bookings from groups looking for accommodation.
Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, says the award proves the town is moving forward.
She said: “This is absolutely wonderful news.
“We all know Blackpool is the best, but for someone else to say that is brilliant.
“The only way is forward for Blackpool now and next year is going to be even better.
“We have the Open Golf in Lytham St Annes, the World Darts Championships and Strictly Come Dancing – all coming from the Fylde coast.”
The awards ceremony took place last night in Birmingham, with representatives from Visit Blackpool and Merlin Entertainments promoting the town.
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for Tourism and Culture at Blackpool Council, said: “It is excellent news that Blackpool has been voted as the UK’s Best Resort by the readers of Group Leisure Magazine. We are confident the new developments which have taken place in Blackpool will ensure our group visitors, past, present and future, enjoy returning for many years to come.”