Finalists announced in tourism awards

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A variety of Ribble Valley businesses have made it through to the finals of the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

The Millstones at Mellor is a finalist in the B & B/Guest Accommodation Award, The Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green in the Small Hotel Award, Wolfen Mill Country Retreats at Chipping in the the Self-Catering Holiday Award, Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn and Mitton Hall, Whalley, in the Wedding Venue Award, La Locanda Ristorante Italiano, Gisburn, in the Taste Lancashire Award, the Assheton Arms at Downham in the Tourism Pub Award, Whalley Warm and Dry Ltd Outdoor Clothing and Footwear Specialist, Whalley in the Retail Experience Award, Tour of Britain Stage Two, Clitheroe to Colne in the Tourism Event Award, Browsholme Hall in the Small Visitor Attraction Award, Mrs Dowson’s, Clayton-le-Dale and Browsholme Hall in the Sustainable Tourism Award, Footgolf at Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex, Langho in Visitor Experience Award and Customer Service Award, Aspinall Arms, Mitton, and The Higher Buck at Waddington in the New Business Award.

The tourism-focused awards will take place on Thursday November 5th at 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 £3.68 billion contribution to Lancashire’s economy.”

She added: “The visitor economy is vital to Lancashire’s 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.”

Jane Shaw, principal lecturer in tourism, hospitality and events, school of management at the University of Central Lancashire, the award’s headline sponsor, said: “UCLan is proud to work in partnership with Marketing Lancashire in growing the visitor economy in the region and showcasing Lancashire as a place to work, study and invest. Our graduates are well placed to take on the opportunities in this dynamic county and beyond.”

Finalists of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015 will be invited to an interview by the judging panel next week, when each business will have the opportunity to discuss their application in more detail.

The winners in certain categories will also have the chance to go forward to represent Lancashire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016.