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Large Event Award 
This award recognises successful Lancashire tourism events from special packages to a specific event or festival which takes place over any time period from a day, weekend, week(s), a month or a season.  The event will attract a wide range of visitors or appeal to a niche market and attract 15,000 visitors +, bringing substantial benefits to the local visitor economy.   

Small Event Award 
This award recognises successful Lancashire tourism events from special packages to a specific event or festival which takes place over any time period from a day, week(s), a month or a season.  The event will attract a wide range of visitors or appeal to a niche market and attract fewer than 15,000 visitors, bringing substantial benefits to the local visitor economy.

Small Visitor Attraction Award *
This award recognises all Lancashire visitor attractions with less than 75,000 visitors per annum or less than 10 full time equivalent members of staff.  Attractions will be judged on the overall quality of the experience they provide.

Large Visitor Attraction Award *
This award recognises all Lancashire visitor attractions with more than 75,000 visitors per annum or more than 10 full time equivalent members of staff.  Attractions will be judged on the overall quality of the experience they provide

Lancashire Large Hotel Award *
This award recognises all style of Lancashire hotel with 30 + bedrooms including town house, country house hotel and metro hotel.  The hotel must offer a minimum service of reception, bar, dinner and breakfast.  Hotels will be judged on the overall quality of the experience they provide.

Lancashire Perfect Stay Award *
This award recognises all style of Lancashire serviced accommodation with less than 30 bedrooms including town house, country house hotel, metro hotel, boutique accommodation, B&B and guest house.  The accommodation must offer a breakfast element to the stay.

Self-Catering Holiday Award *
This award recognises all types of Lancashire self-catering accommodation providers including serviced apartments, cottages and flats.  Businesses will be judged on the overall quality of the experience they provide.

Holiday Village Award *
This award recognises all types of Lancashire holiday village/park accommodation providers including holiday parks, touring parks, glamping, yurts and tepee sites.  Businesses will be judged on the overall quality of the experience they provide.

Taste Lancashire Restaurant Award *
This award aims to reward Lancashire food service businesses that offer excellence and innovation within the visitor economy including bistros, hotel restaurants, gastro pubs etc.  This will be judged within the context and style of the business, focused on promotion, support and presentation of Lancashire produce.  The winner will be the flagship business for the Taste Lancashire food and drink campaign in the year to come.

Taste Lancashire Café/Tearoom Award
This award celebrates Lancashire cafés and tearooms that provide unique and characterful experiences for visitors, which are important to the enjoyment of a destination.  The judges will be looking for excellent service, creativity and Lancashire inspired menu celebrating local suppliers

Taste Lancashire Pub/Inn Award *
This award is for pubs/inns that offer distinct experiences for visitors to Lancashire. The pub/inn experience should be of a significant nature, incorporating a wide range of beers or real ale; wines and other beverages as well as quality, locally produced food.  Any pub/inn can apply that provides an outstanding, unique experience for visitors to Lancashire.

Taste Lancashire Producers Award
This award is for Lancashire businesses that create local Lancashire food or drink contributing to the visitor experience by championing Lancashire distinctiveness.  They will have a visitor offering and/or demonstrate a dedicated promotion of Lancashire through their product and routes to market.  The judges will be looking for creativity in the use of quality local ingredients, materials and/or methods.

New Business Award
This award recognises new Lancashire tourism businesses which have been trading for a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years.  The judges will be looking for high performing, new businesses with an understanding of the marketplace they operate and the opportunities for continued success and development.

Business Tourism Award *
This award acknowledges businesses that offer a high-quality experience to the business visitor and/or generate tourism through staging of high quality business events (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions).

Visitor Experience Award
This award recognises exceptional tourism experiences in Lancashire.  The experience will include a visitor participation element, for example a heritage tour, sporting activity, cookery class or educational experience etc.  The experience could be marketed to any size of group of visitors.  The judges will be looking for quality visitor experiences that provide something unique or inspiring.

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award
This award recognises cultural venues/organisations that operate within the Lancashire visitor economy.  Applicants will include museums, galleries, heritage sites and arts spaces that offer a genuine insight into Lancashire culture and can demonstrate their appeal to visitors/audiences from across the county and beyond.

Dog Friendly Award *
This award recognises tourism business which encourage and welcome visits/stays by dogs and their owners.  Judges will be looking for innovation and creativity in this market.  Only businesses that have been trading for a minimum of two years will qualify. Tourism businesses may include hotels, self-catering accommodation, guest accommodation, holiday parks, visitor attractions, pubs/inns and cafés/tearooms.

Sustainable Tourism Award *
This award has been designed to reward Lancashire tourism businesses who can illustrate their excellence and commitment to sustainability best practice. Tourism businesses may include hotels, self-catering accommodation, guest accommodation, holiday parks, visitor attractions, pubs/inns and cafés/tearooms.

Inclusive Tourism Award *
This award is for Lancashire tourism businesses that provide inclusive tourism experiences for all visitors, particularly disabled people and others with physical and sensory access needs such as older people, where even a small change could have made a real impact on the wider visitor experience.  Tourism businesses may include hotels, self-catering accommodation, guest accommodation, holiday parks, visitor attractions, pubs/inns and cafés/tearooms.

Lancashire Retail Experience Award
This award is for Lancashire retail businesses that are distinct or unusual and offer a unique experience for visitors to Lancashire including farm shops, garden centres, mill shops, boutique/gift shops etc.

Wedding Venue Award 
This award acknowledges the huge importance and potential of the wedding market to the Lancashire visitor economy.  Special attention will be given to those demonstrating an innovative approach to the traditional wedding experience, who have developed new market opportunities or to those who have adapted, upgraded or created new facilities linked to this specific market.

Tourism Superstar Award
With this award we honor individuals who are making a special contribution to the visitor economy in Lancashire.  We are looking for ‘unsung heroes/heroines’ who go the extra mile for visitors and/or the local visitor economy creating unique and memorable experiences.

*Winners of these categories will have the opportunity to progress to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2019 (subject to meeting criteria).

If you require any further information regarding the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018, please contact Catherine Redshaw on 01772 426 465 or email catherine@marketinglancashire.com.

 

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