The Tourism Superstar Award recognises and rewards those individuals who go the extra mile for visitors or bring life to the history and culture of our county and attractions. This is the only Lancashire Tourism Award that is decided by the public via an online vote.
Lancashire Tourism Superstar 2017
We are looking for ‘unsung heroes/heroines’ who go the extra mile for visitors or the local tourism industry. It could be an individual who has given long and dedicated service or maybe a volunteer whose key motivation is a passion for their job. Previous winners both in Lancashire and nationally have included a themed tour guide, a local radio presenter, a chip shop owner/ambassador, an entertainment host & compere and an inclusion co-ordinator.
Leye started his working life in the NHS but as a natural showman, what had been a second job as a live entertainer, took a more serious turn when he and a co-investor set up Viva Blackpool. Transforming a large empty Mecca Bingo Hall into a one room entertainment and events complex, dedicated to providing quality, live entertainment for Blackpool’s many visitors. His first few seasons were tough but with tireless commitment Leye has in four years built audiences to 50,000 visitors, brought much needed jobs to local people and helped support many local charities that are close to his heart. Viva is a year round venue with a huge variety of in-house production shows, is host to visiting performers and with Leye D Johns as resident compere – Viva has become the talk of the town – for all the right reasons.
John Gillmore has spent 3 decades on Lancashire’s airwaves, living, loving and breathing our fantastic county and shouting about everything that’s great and good about Lancashire. His afternoon programme is an out-and-out celebration of the best places, people and businesses the county has to offer. He gives all his guests the same warm welcome and brings out the best in every one, as they tell their individual Lancashire story. You’ll regularly find him out and about broadcasting from locations across the county, meeting the people and sharing his passion for Lancashire with listeners and visitors from far and wide. Gilly knows Lancashire, he loves Lancashire and he believes in Lancashire.
Sue Copp – Guest Services and Inclusion, Sandcastle Waterpark
Sue has worked at the Sandcastle Waterpark for 20 years and been an integral part of Blackpool’s tourism industry for many more years. From working with donkeys on Blackpool beach, managing and running her own catering business, to a successful career at Sandcastle Waterpark she made a lasting impression on visitors and is a genuine ambassador for the resort.
Marketing Lancashire, the county’s destination management organisation, will be returning to The Blackpool Tower’s unique ballroom on Thursday 9 November for the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017 with the University of Central Lancashire as Headline Sponsor; the event, now in its 12th year, is the only county-wide awards ceremony that recognises the achievements of Lancashire’s £3.8billion visitor economy and the 56,000… read more