Tourism businesses and professionals gathered in Blackpool's Tower Ballroom for the sixth annual Northwest Tourism Awards last night.
Organised by the North West Development Agency, the event aims to drive up the quality of the visitor experience across the region by rewarding excellence in the tourism industry.
The eighteen winners included:
- Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award Nigel Haworth, Northcote, near Blackburn
- Large Hotel of the Year The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
- Small Hotel of the Year Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel, Windermere
- Bed and Breakfast of the Year The Ashton, Lancaster
- Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
- Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire
- Self Catering Holiday of the Year Hall Hills, Dalston, near Carlisle
- Holiday Park of the Year Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park, Keswick, Cumbria
- Excellence in Business Tourism Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool
- Taste of England's Northwest Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop, Kendal, Cumbria
- Tourism Experience of the Year Farmaggedon, near Ormskirk, Lancashire
- Excellence in Customer Service Christina Dixon, Jurys Inn, Liverpool
- Sustainable Tourism Award Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool
- Tourism for All Kerridge End Holiday Cottages, Macclesfield, Cheshire
- Tourism Event of the Year Blackpool Illuminations
- Public Space Award Pier Head Public Realm and Canal Link, Liverpool
- Tourist Information Centre of the Year Wigan TIC
- Travel Journalist of the Year Stephen McClarence, The Observer
Eight judges' commendations were also handed out on the night. The event was hosted by BBC North West Tonight presenter Ranvir Singh this year.