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22 Aug 2011

WWT Martin Mere shortlisted for two tourism awards

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WWT Martin Mere has been shortlisted for two Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards: Best Large Attraction and Best Visitor Experience with the Canoe Safari.

Martin Mere has made considerable investment over the last year in new attractions and a new 170 seater café.  A mystery shopper will be coming round in the forthcoming weeks to review the attraction with winners being announced on Thursday 22 September at an awards ceremony in Blackpool.

The Canoe Safari opened in April with over 10,000 people so far enjoying the natural experience.

Andy Wooldridge, Centre Manager, said: “It is fantastic that we have been shortlisted and I am really looking forward to the awards evening to see how we have done.  With the canoe safari being a new attraction I had hoped that we would be successful in being shortlisted and I will keep my fingers crossed that we can win the awards.”

The Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards are the county’s premier awards; they recognise the outstanding qualities and achievements of local tourism businesses, as well as the contribution they make to Lancashire’s £3 billion visitor economy. In a change from previous awards, the winners from this year will now go directly to the national awards to compete against other destination winners for a national VisitEngland Award for Excellence.

Other shortlisted attractions are:

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
Towneley Hall, Burnley

Best Visitor Experience of the Year
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Treasure Trails Lancashire
Walkabout Theatre, The Dukes, Lancaster