Lancashire Tourism Awards
On Thursday 7 November, the world-famous Pleasure Beach Arena, Blackpool was the ‘coolest’ venue for Marketing Lancashire’s annual Lancashire Tourism Awards, supported by Headline Sponsor, University of Central Lancashire and Host Sponsor VisitBlackpool.
Blackpool-born professional ice-skater Daniel Whiston was guest presenter and entertained the audience, gliding through the twenty-two awards with great style.
Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire in her opening speech said,
“There are many reasons why almost 69 million visitors a year choose to come to Lancashire – for our events, attractions, hotels, pubs, restaurants, our stunning coastline, beautiful countryside, heritage, culture and lots more. Lancashire’s amazing tourism businesses and the people who run them. The Lancashire Tourism Awards is about recognising the quality and talent that we have in our tourism industry.
We must also acknowledge the levels of investment businesses are making; investment that enables us to constantly raise our game and gives Lancashire standout against the competition.
A massive thank you to the University of Central Lancashire, our headline sponsor, for their continuing support for Lancashire’s tourism industry. The university is one of Lancashire’s key assets, with an outstanding reputation and global connections. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with UCLan as we work together to raise both the profile of Lancashire and the University’s excellent educational offer.”
Lancashire’s Tourism Superstar Award 2019 was the only award nominated and voted for by the public and was awarded to Nigel Seddon, Managing Director of Elgin Hotel & Hotel Sheraton. Nigel has been involved in Blackpool tourism for as long as he can remember. He first dabbled as a young boy ‘helping’ his parents following their purchase of the Elgin Hotel in 1969. He then joined the hotel in an official capacity at the age of 21 and the rest is history. Nigel accepted this award on behalf of all the team who work hard day-in day-out behind the scenes, to contribute to tourism in Lancashire.
The Lancashire Tourism Awards was supported by: University of Central Lancashire – Headline Sponsor, VisitBlackpool – Host Sponsor, Access Fylde Coast, Blackpool & The Fylde College, Creative Council, Insight6, Lancashire Business View, Lancashire Life, Lancashire Post, Links Signs & Graphics, Northern Print Distribution, Peter Scott Printers, Total Foodservice.
The evening’s entertainment was provided by Pleasure Beach Arena and singing duo Timeless.