FOUR South Cumbrian tourism businesses are line for major awards which recognise the best attractions in the country.
The businesses have been nominated in four separate categories in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.
The four categories are as follows:
· Small Hotel of the Year: Cedar Manor, Windermere
· Tourism Pub of the Year: Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, Crook
· Tourism Experience of the Year: Treetop Trek, Windermere
· Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Colton nr Newby Bridge
They will attend the awards ceremony at the Sage, in Gateshead, on May 11.
All finalists are guaranteed to receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award in their category.
Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: "It is extremely important for our tourism businesses to be recognised by their peers both locally and nationally.
"Each year the winners from the annual Cumbria Tourism Awards are then entered into the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. These entrants are then judged and subsequently the winners from each of the categories are recognised as the best in the country.
"This year is no exception with four quality businesses representing the county at these prestigious national awards, all of which helps to maintain the Lake District and Cumbria’s reputation and profile both in the national media and the travel trade.”
James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, said: “It’s been another successful year for our Excellence Awards as we’ve received hundreds of applications of an extremely high standard. That’s why all the finalists should be incredibly proud that they’ve been short-listed against such tough competition."