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he Gold Award is the highest Award for Excellence in Tourism in England which VisitEngland can bestow. Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, was presented with their Gold Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 12 May 2014 at The Jockey Club, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.

The award received by Emirates Old Trafford celebrates success and excellence and is a showcase for England’s fabulous tourism products. It also recognises businesses that incorporate best practise throughout their operation and also celebrates the very best quality of innovation, helping to raise standards across the industry.

Angela Hodson, venue sales manager at Emirates Old Trafford said: “In November last year we were the winners of the Business Tourism award from the Manchester Tourism Awards 2013. To be awarded gold in this category at this level is wonderful news and shows that Emirates Old Trafford is now recognised as a prestigious location nationally.” Angela adds: We have been really successful in driving growth locally, but over the last 12 months we have been working on creating more awareness about the venue and its facilities on a national scale in terms of the conference market and that can be very lucrative. We are looking to work more with Visit England and Visit Manchester to bring businesses into the country and growing our conference and exhibition market.” Emirates Old Trafford will continue their venue awareness when they take part in IMEX next week on the VisitEngland stand.

Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “We received hundreds of applications of an exceptionally high quality making the competition for a Gold Award extremely tough. It is therefore a tremendous achievement for Emirates Old Trafford to win a Gold Award, the highest accolade for Excellence in Tourism which VisitEngland can bestow. They have raised the bar for excellence for others to aspire to and I warmly congratulate them on their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country.”. For further information on conferences, meetings, exhibitions or weddings at Emirates Old Trafford contact the events team on: 0161 282 4020.