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Published on : Friday, June 23, 2017
Cally Beaton, a comedian who is also the senior vice-president of media company Viacom International and the founder of Road Trip Media handed out total of 18 prizes at an event which was the 15th of its kind.
The tourism industry is worth almost £3bn to the Cumbrian economy each year and the awards encompass all sectors.
Majority of the winners from the awards will go on to stand for the county at the Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2018.
The winner for each category received a certificate and a specially-commissioned handcrafted award by Chris Brammall in Ulverston, the award-winning architectural and sculptural metalworker.
Besides, this year, the 2017 Bernard Gooch Tourism Personality of the Year Award was given to Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, who stands down at the end of this month.
To quote Mr Stephens, ‘I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making last night such a fantastic success and came together to celebrate Cumbria’s £2.72bn tourism industry. The 2017 winners and finalists represent the very best of what Cumbria has to offer and we should all be very proud of the outstanding product we have here in Cumbria.
The range of exceptional quality available keeps us firmly on the global map as a world class visitor destination and with World Heritage inscription soon to be unveiled we need to keep up the investment and maximize the new opportunities that are just around the corner. On a personal note, I was pleasantly surprised and honored to receive the Bernard Gooch award and I’m proud to be recognized by my peers in this way.’
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