Fylde firms in running for top tourism awards

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A string of Fylde coast firms and attractions have been nominated for accolades in the county’s most prestigious tourism awards ceremony.

Dozens of companies from across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde are on the shortlist for the 2014 Lancashire Tourism Awards, organisers announced today.

And the boss of Marketing Lancashire says the standard of entries was higher than ever this year, with more entries than ever before.

The awards ceremony takes place in Blackpool in November.

Among the businesses nominated are The Bromley, Blackpool, in the B&B Guest Accomodation category; Claylands Park, Garstang, in the Holiday Park/Holiday Village award; Briardene Hotel, Cleveleys and The Villa Country House Hotel, Wrea Green in the Small Hotel award; Blackpool’s Big Blue Hotel and Elgin Hotel for Large Hotel; The Berkeley Apartments, Blackpool and Burbage Holiday Group, Blackpool in the Self-Catering Holiday Provider category; Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Winter Gardens in the Conference Venue category and The Wedding Chapel, Blackpool, The Great Hall at Mains, Poulton, and The Villa Country House Hotel, Wrea Green, in the Wedding Venue shortlist.

Also up for prizes are Twelve Restaurant and Lounge Bar, Thornton (Taste Lancashire award); The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston (Tourism Pub award); Brooks Collectables Museum and Retro Arcade, Blackpool (Retail Experience award); Brook Memorabilia Museum, Blackpool (Small Visitor Attraction award); The Grundy Art Gallery and the Winter Gardens (Cultural Venue); Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green and Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool (Sustainable Tourism award); Breck Apartments, Poulton (Luxury Experience Award); Atlas Sailing, Fleetwood, St Annes Beach Huts and Blackpool Ghost Walks (Best Visitor Experience of the Year); Mode Hotel, St Annes, Visit Garstang Tourist Information Centre, Sandcastle Waterpark and Toast Bar and Grill, Blackpool (Customer Service award) and Breck Apartments, Poulton, Brickhouse Farm Cottages, Hambleton and Farmers Arms, Great Eccleston (New Business award).

Some of Blackpool’s top attractions are up for some of the biggest awards of the night.

The Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Zoo and Blackpool Pleasure Beach are in the running for the Large Attraction award, while the 120th Anniversary at Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Switch-on Festival Weekend, Ride the Lights, Fleetwood’s Tram Sunday, Lytham’s 1940s Weekend and Lytham Proms are all up for the prestigious Tourism Event of the Year.

Awards bosses say the event, now in its 11th year, has received a record number of applications with an increase of 25 per cent on last year.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 6 at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom in front of an audience of 500.

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “We are extremely impressed with the quality and quantity of applications this year.

“We have seen significant investment in this sector over the past 12 months with over 1,000 new jobs being created.

“The industry continues to grow with visitor numbers increasing by 1 million to 63 million and visitor spend contributing £3.5 billion to the Lancashire economy.”

The ceremony is a black tie event with drinks reception, three course dinner and live entertainment.

Tickets are priced from £55, with tables of 10 from £495, which can be purchased from Friday, October 3 via www.lancashiretourismawards.co.uk.

Winners in the award categories will go forward to represent Lancashire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.