STAFF AT Barrow's Holiday Inn Express have been congratulated by councillors for welcoming more then 10,000 guests to the areas since the Covid lockdown was lifted.

A five figure number of holidaymakers stayed at the hotel for their 2020 summer holiday to enjoy the attractions in and around Barrow.

To recognise the much-needed benefit to the town and local economy, members of the Conservative group on Barrow Borough Council presented the hotel’s team with a hamper full of local goodies, to show their appreciation.

Councillor Hazel Edwards said: "We feel that throughout the worst months of the pandemic they have quietly and efficiently promoted Barrow-in-Furness in a positive way to clients at the hotel on staycations and also there for work."

The 127 room hotel, which opened in 2019, has received positive customer feedback since the lockdown and has already had guests booking for next year.

General manager Mark Winter added: “It was a really generous gesture and we are very grateful. It rightly recognises the hard work all the staff have put in during exceptional and challenging times.”

"I cannot speak highly enough of the commitment shown by each member of staff.

"Hopefully international travel will resume next year and we will look forward to welcoming staycationers as well as people from all over the world who are familiar with the high standards they find at each Holiday Inn Express hotel.”