Businesses sweep the board at tourist awards

The winners of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016.

The winners of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016.

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Ribble Valley businesses stormed the Lancashire Tourist Awards scooping over a quarter of the accolades.

The Best Hotel award went to Northcote at Langho, the Tourism Pub award to The Three Fishes at Mitton, the Taste Lancashire award to La Locanda Ristorante Italiano, Gisburn, the Sustainable Tourism award to Browsholme Hall and The Tithe Barn, Cow Ark, the Lancashire Producers and Makers Award to Bowland Brewery, Clitheroe.

Blackburn Cathedral was the venue for Marketing Lancashire’s annual Lancashire Tourism Awards, with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Bill Turnbull acting as guest presenter.

Speaking at the awards’ ceremony, Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “A thriving visitor economy makes such a difference to a place. The Lancashire visitor economy is worth £3.8 billion annually and continues to grow year after year. I believe we have the people, the products and above all else the right attitude to get this county noticed and appreciated. We must be very proud of the many outstanding people and individuals here tonight, that represent the best of what Lancashire tourism has to offer.”

The Tourism Superstar award was won by Leye D Johns from VIVA Blackpool. However, a trio of Ribble Valley tourism superstars had been nominated for the award by members of the public.

These were Simon Entwistle, of Top Hat Tours, Sharon Jones, of Samlesbury Hall, and Janet Simpson, of Gibbon Bridge Hotel.