Winter Gardens Blackpool Nominated for Prestigious VisitEngland Award!

Winter Gardens Blackpool Celebrates Prestigious Nomination for Business Events Venue of the Year at VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2024

The iconic Winter Gardens Blackpool has been officially announced as a finalist for the coveted ‘Business Events Venue of the Year’ at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2024. This nomination underscores Winter Gardens Blackpool’s pivotal role in hosting premier business events, including conferences and meetings, marking it as a cornerstone of the business events sector in England.

Michael Williams, Managing Director of Blackpool Entertainment Company Limited (BECL) who manage and operate the Council owned venue expressed his delight at the nomination: “We are immensely proud to be recognised as one of the top three finalists for the Business Events Venue of the Year. This honour is a reflection of our team’s hard work, dedication, and relentless pursuit of excellence. It reaffirms our commitment to providing an unparalleled experience for all our guests and stakeholders.”

BECL promote and host over 500 events annually at Winter Gardens Blackpool attracting 1.3 million visitors from around the globe each year, underscoring its appeal and significance on both a national and international level. This nomination is a testament to the venue’s outstanding contributions to the tourism and business events industry, celebrating its commitment to excellence, innovation, and the delivery of extraordinary customer service. The annual Blackpool Dance Festival promoted by BECL, annually in May, will see dancers from over 50 countries compete in the most high profile Competition in the world. 

Over recent years, Winter Gardens Blackpool has seen substantial investment aimed at both preserving its rich heritage and propelling the venue into the future. Notably, the restoration of historic venues including the Empress Ballroom, Opera House, and Spanish Hall have preserved the venue’s historical charm. This, alongside the development of the £30 million 21st-century Blackpool Conference and Exhibition Centre which opened in 2022, has contributed to a 55% increase in delegate numbers.

The Winter Gardens Blackpool remains dedicated to maintaining its status as a leading venue for business events in England, continuously striving for excellence and innovation in every aspect of its operation. This nomination from VisitEngland not only celebrates past achievements but also looks forward to the future prospects and growth of this legendary venue.

All finalists of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2024 are invited to attend the national awards ceremony at the Rum Warehouse at The Titanic Hotel Liverpool on 5 June, where the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners will be announced during a prestigious black-tie event.

Winter Gardens Blackpool has been at the forefront of the business events industry for over a century, seamlessly blending its rich history with modern amenities to create an unrivalled event experience. With a diverse array of venues within its complex, it caters to a vast spectrum of events, from intimate gatherings to large-scale international conferences.

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