Resort heroes in tourism awards final

Elaine Smith
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Three Blackpool personalities are in the running for a top tourism award to be voted on by Gazette readers and the general public.

Marketing Lancashire today announced a shortlist of five finalists for the Lancashire Tourism Awards Tourism Superstar 2015.

Tina Midgley

Tina Midgley

The award recognises and applauds individuals nominated by their tourism industry colleagues for their special contribution to tourism in Lancashire.

This is the only Lancashire Tourism Awards that is voted for by the public, through an online vote.

This year’s finalists are: Michael Williams, managing director of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens; Tina Midgley, head merchandiser at Northern Print Distribution in Blackpool; Elaine Smith, president of Blackpool Civic Trust; John Gillmore, BBC Radio Lancashire presenter ‘Gilly’ and Joshua Walker, of Queen Street Mill, Burnley.

Marketing Lancashire has teamed up with TheGazette, host of the online public vote,and the public are invited to cast their vote via the awards website and through promotions on

Managing director of Winter Gardens Michael Williams.

Managing director of Winter Gardens Michael Williams.

Votes must be cast by Sunday, October 19.

The votes will then be counted with the overall winner announced at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015 on Thursday, November 5, at The Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said, “Those who work in the tourism industry are passionate about Lancashire and deliver quality experiences and customer service excellence to our 63 million visitors every year.

“This award aims to make public some of the extraordinary accomplishments made by individuals working in the industry today.

“This year we have an amazing and diverse group of individuals in our shortlist.

“It is now down to a public to pick their winner and we urge them to get behind the finalists and vote for their favourite.

“We wish all five the best of luck and look forward to naming our Tourism Superstar at the Lancashire Tourism Awards on November 5.”

The nominations state that Michael has driven the renaissance of the Winter Gardens and masterminded the expansion of the Blackpool Dance Festival.

Tina Midgley is praised for her “infectious personality and passion for Blackpool” as she delivers print and publicity materials for tourism clients.

Elaine Smith is praised for introducing Heritage Open Days, giving presentations on Blackpool all over the country and creating a Heritage Trail and introduced the annual Blackpool Civic Trust Awards.

Cast your votes here