England’s Northwest Tourism Awards announce this year’s finalists

September 23rd, 2010

awards dinnerThe entries have been received, the judging has commenced and the excitement is building for the finalists at the seventh annual England’s Northwest Tourism Awards.

Organised by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the 2010 England’s Northwest Tourism Awards will once again celebrate the best of the region’s tourism, providing a showcase for industry best-practice and top-quality tourism businesses in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday 29th September at The Point – Lancashire County Cricket Club’s stunning new £12m conference and events centre.

Many of the finalists have already come out on top at their sub-regional tourism awards and will now be competing at a regional level for the title of the best in the Northwest.
In addition to receiving a prestigious title and trophy, regional winners will also have the opportunity to represent the Northwest in the national awards, organised by VisitEngland in 2011.
Last year, representatives from England’s Northwest won three awards at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence – Blackpool Illuminations were awarded Event of the Year, Gilpin Lodge in Windermere can boast Small Hotel of the Year and Christina Dixon from Jurys Inn, Liverpool received the top accolade for Customer Service.

Felicity Goodey, Chair of Tourism England’s Northwest, said:

“It is important we celebrate the enormous amount of progress Northwest tourism has made in the past decade. This is an industry which earns the Northwest more than £14 billion a year and provides hundreds of thousands of jobs. These awards are celebrating some of those responsible for this huge success story.

“Tourism continues to flourish and grow even in these challenging times. It’s a win, win for this region. Great destinations attract visitors but they also attract other inward investment and that means more wealth and more jobs. Great places also make areas more attractive places for our own people to live, which in turn helps the Northwest retain its talent.

“I would like to be the first to congratulate all of this year’s finalists, who have been able to demonstrate a quality visitor experience that sets the standards for others to follow.”

Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) said:

“Tourism is worth over £14 billion to the regional economy, employing over 200,000 people. It continues to be a real good news story for England’s Northwest. Our regional Tourism Awards showcase a vast mix of tourism products and experiences, celebrating the best of the best, value for money, attention to detail and a quality visitor experience.”

For ticketing information call 01925 400 260 or email sharlene.mcateer@nwda.co.uk

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