Best of the district up for top tourism awards

Lancaster Music Festival is in line for an award.
Lancaster Music Festival is in line for an award.

The Dukes park show, Lancaster Music Festival and The Midland Hotel are among local tourist attractions in line for top regional awards.

Marketing Lancashire, the county’s destination management organisation, this week revealed the finalists of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015.

Up for awards from our district are:

Holiday Park/ Holiday Village Award:

*Bay View Holiday Park, Carnforth

*Claylands Park, Garstang

Wedding Venue Award:

*The Midland, Morecambe

Taste Lancashire Award:

*Aspect Bar and Bistro, Morecambe

*The Bay Horse Inn, Lancaster

*The Midland, Morecambe

Tourism Event Award:

*The Dukes Park Show, Lancaster

*Lancaster Music Festival

*Light Up Lancaster

Small Visitor Attraction Award:

*Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

*Leighton Hall, Carnforth

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award:

*The Dukes, Lancaster

Customer Service Award:

*Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

*Visit Garstang Centre

Best for Groups Award:

*Leighton Hall, Carnforth

The only tourism-focused awards in Lancashire will take place on November 5 in the Empress Ballroom at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said “The quality of applications for the tourism awards never fails to impress and this year the judges have a real challenge deciding on the winners in each category.

“Lancashire has seen consistent growth in visitor numbers over the last six years and these visitors are now spending more in the county, making a £3.68billion contribution to Lancashire’s economy.

“The visitor economy is vital to Lancashire success and each year the Lancashire Tourism Awards is our way of celebrating the huge effort and investment made by our industry colleagues across the board.”

Finalists will be invited to an interview by the judging panel during the week of October 12, when each business will have the opportunity to discuss their application in more detail.