Divine setting for county's awards show

A divine setting has been set for Lancashire's biggest tourism awards.

Marketing Lancashire has announced the Lancashire Tourism Awards will take place in Blackburn Cathedral, the Cathedral of Lancashire, on November 10.

The annual awards, celebrating excellence across a wide range of visitor economy businesses, reveal the brightest and best stars working in tourism, with many of the county’s winners then going on to represent Lancashire at the national Visit England Excellence Awards.

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The University of Central Lancashire has also been named as the headline sponsor of this year’s awards.

Professor Richard Sharpley, UCLan Professor of Tourism, said: “UCLan is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Lancashire Tourism Awards. These showcase the excellence of tourism, hospitality and events across the county and, as major centre for education and research in tourism in the North West, it is an honour for us to support the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016.”

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said she is looking forward to this year’s event.

She said: “After nearly nine decades of prayer and worship, the Cathedral of Lancashire in Blackburn, is now also a beacon of Lancashire hospitality, providing superb facilities for both leisure and business visitors.

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“Marketing Lancashire was one of the first businesses to hold an event in the Cathedral with the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013, which people still talk about to this day. We’re looking forward to returning in this landmark year and to working with the team at the Cathedral and Café Northcote on developing this wonderful, must-see Lancashire destination.”

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