The Harris Museum & Art Gallery has been shortlised for the Lancashire Tourism Awards Cultural Venue of the Year 2014.
The only tourism-focused awards in Lancashire, which are run by Marketing Lancashire, the county’s destination management organisation, will take place on Thursday 5 November in the spectacular Empress Ballroom at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
STOP PRESS: Sadly, the Harris didn't win. The award went to the Whitaker Museum in Rossendale. We hope to be back next year with a bigger, better application!
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 6 years and these visitors are now spending more in the county, making a £3.68billion contribution to Lancashire’s economy.”
The visitor economy is vital to Lancashire 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. I wish all the finalists luck in the next stage of the awards process and look forward to congratulating Lancashire’s best in class at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 5 November.”
Harris Museum & Art Gallery staff made their presentation to judges and were interviewed along with other candidates for the Cultural Venue of the Year on 12th October.
The full list of finalists for the award is as follows:
The Dukes, Lancaster
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
The Whitaker Museum + Art Gallery, Rossendale
Winter Gardens Blackpool