Each year, the Ribble Valley Tourism Association celebrates local tourism talent, innovation and success of enterprises such as restaurants, hotels and attractions.
This year, the Ribble Valley Tourism Stars were out in force for a special celebratory evening hosted at Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping.
The awards are unique in that anyone may make nominations, and this year businesses nominated themselves, their staff, and indeed, each other. They are not necessarily designed to determine the ‘best of’ but more to recognise achievement, innovation, quality design and most of all: people.
This year, the awards were presented by Edwin Booth, Chairman of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Chairman of FH Booths and Co Ltd who praised the achievements of the award winners.
The winners of these prestigious awards are as below:
Transformational Tourism: Holmes Mill
Creative Tourism: Latitude
Family Friendly Tourism: Mrs Dowson’s Farm Park
Creative Marketing: John Flanagan, Jazz & Blues
Quality Tourism: Millstone, Mellor
Creativity in Food and Hospitality: Gibbon Bridge Hotel
Team Excellence in Customer Service: The Aspinall Arms
Team Excellence and Innovation: The Spread Eagle, Sawley
Team Spirit: Dream Weddings, James’ Places
New Event of the Year: Create Longridge
Event of the Year: Ribfest Music Festival
Website of the Year: Browsholme Hall
David Bamber, Stanley House
David Piff, Mitton Hall
Nick Bristow, Eaves Hall
Robert Lowe, Gibbon Bridge Hotel
Excellence in Customer Service:
Catherine Turner, Browsholme Hall
Nina Rubin, Mitton Hall
Tourism Heroes: Mike & Paula Fairburn, Bowland Cottage