The race is on to find the best as the Lancashire Tourism Awards return

The awards which shine the spotlight on the best in Lancashire’s tourism industry are back.

By Tim Gavell
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 3:30 pm

Applications are now open for the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022, as the county builds back from the pandemic lockdowns and celebrates its vibrant tourism and hospitality sector.

Earlier this year, Marketing Lancashire, the county’s destination management organisation, celebrated the achievements and resilience of the sector with the return of the awards; these were the delayed Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021, which could not be held that year due to the Covid restrictions.

Details about the 21 categories this year, qualifying criteria and an application form can be had at Lancashiretourismawards.com and winners in most of the categories will then have the chance to represent Lancashire in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2023.

Guest presenter Tez Ilyas at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021. Now the race is on to find the tourism stars for 20-22

And an online applications masterclass is to be held on Wednesday, June 8, 10am, to help entrants.

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The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday, June 30, with the shortlist of finalists due to be announced week commencing Monday, July 18.

The awards ceremony will take place in February 2023.

Rachel McQueen at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021 hosted at Stanley House.

Rachel McQueen, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “After the huge impact of the pandemic on our tourism and hospitality businesses, we were beyond thrilled to bring back the Lancashire Tourism Awards in February.

"There were few destinations in the country that endured and came through such difficult restrictions and challenges, with such determination and creativity.

“We’re just as excited today, with the opening of applications for the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022, because next February we get to celebrate and showcase this important sector for Lancashire all over again.

"With 21 awards that give tourism and hospitality businesses across the county, a chance to shine and to recognise the achievements of their hard-working friends and colleagues.”

Moor Hall, restaurant with rooms, in Aughton and Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs, both winners in the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021, are amongst 45 finalists now heading to the national awards taking place in Birmingham on June 8 and will come away with a gold, silver or bronze award.

Rachel McQueen, added: “We wish Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs and Moor Hall the very best of luck in the national Visit England Awards for Excellence in June.

“They have reached this stage because they’re amongst the very best in England and whether they return with a bronze, silver or gold award, we’re incredibly proud of them and all they’ve achieved for Lancashire.”

Sponsors of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022 to date include: DFC, Insight6, Lancashire Business View and Northern Print Distribution.

Categories now open are:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

Business Events Venue of the Year

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

Experience of the Year

Hotel Wedding Venue Award

Lancashire Perfect Stay

Large Event of the Year

Large Hotel of the Year

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

New Tourism Business of the Year

Pub of the Year

Resilience and Innovation Award

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

Small Tourism Event Award

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Taste Lancashire Award

Taste Lancashire Producer Award

Unsung Hero Award

Wedding Venue Award.