NWDA update

Hi

Quick update. I’m sure you all are very aware of the machinations of government at the moment. Here’s a quote from Nick Brooks-Sykes from the NWDA for you

Nick Brooks-Sykes as Guest Editor – My-Hospitality.com

We’re off to see the Dukes Theatre Peter Pan production tonight. Looking forward to meeting many of our valued members. I’ll give you an update about the performance tomorrow but there’s one thing I already know. As Lancashire’s only producing theatre it is somewhere you certainly should encourage your guests to visit.

Sarah Lundy

Just wanted to say Hi

Welcome to our recent new members

Mitton Hall – This magnificent 15th century manor house in the Ribble Valley has been restored to expose its true beauty. The stunning interior design is perfectly complimented by the historical and architectural features that this magnificent property boasts, creating a truly unique ambience and atmosphere.

Waddington Arms – Standing in the middle of the village from which it takes its name The Waddington Arms is a contemporary country inn.
The Emporium – Visit The Emporium where you can always find the best service, comfortable surroundings and a boundless array of cappuccinos, coffee, teas and great food served all day. The wine bar and brassiere is a great place to meet up with friends.

Highcliffe Holiday Apartments – This 3 star self-catering property is enviably positioned on Cleveleys seafront and enjoys delightful seaviews. It is only a minutes walk to the main shopping area.

We look forward to working with you in 2010

Sarah Lundy

The Tardis landing at Park Hall Hotel?

Is this the filming of the next series of Doctor Who? Where was I? Yes……I really was at the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board’s Members’ Meeting. The sound of the Tardis kept me engaged through a whistle stop tour of building control, whisking me from historic Iran, Victorian Britain through to modern day Lancashire. The presentation given by Chris Shuttleworth gave members an opportunity to ask questions about all of the strange building rules that seemed to restrict their business’ development.

Members then had an overview of Visit Lancashire’s new branding which included the unveiling of a new logo, a sneak preview of some gorgeous images and how the board is now talking to visitors with a new emotional tone. Those members in the audience with a heritage connection were then excited by the opportunities around the Heritage Revealed campaign. Copies of those presentations can be found on our corporate website.

Did you attend the members meeting? What was the most useful piece of information you received? Have you any suggestions for future meeting? If so, please email them to membership@lbtbltd.com. Also please add your comments to this blog.

Tip of the meeting: A member found out how they could sell their rooms online by talking to the online team and then they were able to ask questions of a fellow member that already uses that particular system.

Email online@lbtbltd.com for more information.

Zoe Viney

Meeting members in Blackpool

For a day out of the office catching up with members, I couldn’t have picked a better, the resort looked amazing in the sun and the place was buzzing with families. My day started with a catch up with Claire and Mark Smith at Number One St Lukes and having a tour of their beautiful award winning guest accommodation. Claire told us about her involvement with the Tourism Alliance and how she represents micro-businesses on the alliance.

Tim (our Business Development Manager in Blackpool) and I headed into the town centre to visit the Ruskin, a mainstay of Blackpool’s hotel offer for years, with over 70 bedrooms and 50 staff, the Ruskin is a different operation to the many owner operated accommodation providers I visit in Blackpool. After spending some time looking at the recently renovated rooms in the Ruskin we walked back to the car stopping to check out the arches being installed in Birley Street, apparently lights, smoke and sound are going to encase visitor’s walking under the arches.

We then went up to Coast Apartments and spoke to Steve about his plans for a 3rd apartment. Coast apartments have just received confirmation that they are to receive monies from the Invest in the Best Scheme (supported by the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and Blackpool Council), unfortunately all those funds have now been allocated but we are very excited about all of the new developments that have now become possible with through that fund.

The highlight of the day was the launch of the new Langtry’s guest accommodation in King Edward Avenue.  The guest accommodation, which is to be featured on Channel 5’s Hotel Inspector (later this month), looked the part and having received 5 stars and a silver award in its recent grading clearly set and achieved high standards. Those attending the event included Lesley Lloyd the chair of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board, who was  impressed with the focus on local produce that Langtry’s had adopted. The local focus ran from Mrs Kirkham Cheese and Goosnargh Duck, by Kwizeen Restaurant to over 90% of the fixtures and fittings being sourced in Lancashire. We wish Julie and David all the success and we really like those forgot me boxes!

Zoe Viney