Celebrating Leaders in English Tourism: Three Leicester and Leicestershire finalists in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence

Posted by ap507 at Feb 04, 2016 10:40 AM |
Attenborough Arts Centre, The Dandelion Hideaway and King Richard III Partnership to compete for national tourism awards in Blackpool on 8 March 2016

Issued by VisitEngland on 4 February 2016

VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2016 with Attenborough Arts Centre, The Dandelion Hideaway and King Richard III Partnership representing Leicester and Leicestershire . The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Tuesday 8 March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, during English Tourism Week.

Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence inspire and motivate businesses to become outstanding leaders in the industry. The Leicester and Leicestershire finalists are:

  • Attenborough Arts Centre – Access for All category
  • The Dandelion Hideaway – Self Catering Holiday Provider category
  • King Richard III Partnership – Tourism Experience category  

All finalists will receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award and must wait until the Awards ceremony to discover which award they will receive. The three city and county finalists have all been re-judged by VisitEngland following Gold award wins at the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism in Excellence Awards in November 2015, hosted by Leicester Shire Promotions.

The King Richard lll Partnership is made up of Leicester City Council, Leicester Cathedral, Leicestershire County Council and the University of Leicester. It has been nominated for a Gold Award in the Tourism Experience category, for the reinterment of King Richard lll, which took place in March 2015.

Speaking on behalf of the King Richard lll Partnership, Sarah Harrison, Leicester City Council's city centre director said: "The reinterment of King Richard lll was an incredible event which drew the eyes of the world to Leicester and Leicestershire in a way we've never experienced before.

"The event has significantly raised Leicester and Leicestershire’s profile as an exciting tourism destination, and our aim is to build on that success to ensure the city and county continue to benefit from it for many years to come."

Sharon Earp from The Dandelion Hideaway said: “We are truly humbled and delighted to have been shortlisted in these prestigious awards, really the crème de la crème of British tourism for the third year running. We are proud to be flying the flag for Leicestershire and for farming!”

Speaking on behalf of University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre, Director, Michaela Butter MBE said: “Attenborough Arts Centre is delighted to have been selected for VisitEngland’s awards in recognition of our pioneering work in widening access to the arts.  This award recognises the potential of our fantastic new gallery spaces to enhance the tourist experience in Leicester, allowing those with disabled friends and family members to actively engage in our activities. We know that our former patron Lord Attenborough would have been so proud and delighted that we have been nominated, and our new patron, his son Michael Attenborough will be ecstatic!”

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions added: “We’re delighted that these three local Gold award winners have made it through to the national VisitEngland finals. Their successful qualification for the national tourism finals is another show of strength for Leicester and Leicestershire’s growing reputation as a major UK visitor destination.”

“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England,” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland.  “We received over 400 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt those shortlisted are a representatives of the best in the industry who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors in England at the heart of their business operations. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck on Awards night at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.”

To find out more and book tickets visit www.visitenglandwards.org


Notes to editor:

About Leicester Shire Promotions

Leicester Shire Promotions is the tourism organisation for Leicester and Leicestershire. The company works in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, VisitEngland and the local tourism industry to deliver campaigns and services to attract more visitors to the city and county. For more information, go to www.visitleicester.info or www.goleicestershire.com, or follow us on Twitter at @l_p_l

About VisitEngland

  • VisitEngland’s focus is on the development and delivery of the new Discover England fund for product development to ensure that bookable regional product is being sold in international markets. This activity will also benefit the domestic industry by building engagement and partnerships between and across regions and developing product that will be attractive to both domestic and international markets.
  • Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics
  • Tourism in England is worth £106 billion, and supports 2.6 million jobs.
  • For corporate information see www.visitengland.org and for consumer information see www.visitengland.com.

About the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016

  • The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016 celebrates the best of English tourism. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination. www.visitenglandawards.org.
  • The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are firmly established as representing the highest accolade in English tourism
  • The categories for the 2016 awards include: Access for All Tourism Award, Bed & Breakfast Award, Business Tourism Award, Dog Friendly Business of the Year, Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year, Large Hotel of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Taste of England Award, Tourism Event of the Year, Tourism Experience of the Year, Tourism Pub of the Year, Visitor Information Provider of the Year.
  • In addition to the 16 categories are the additional Awards of Tourism Superstar and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism. The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award will be announced on the night.  Previous winners of this award have included The Great English Pub, Michael Eavis CBE, HM The Queen, the Harry Potter films, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Paul McCartney, Liverpool, The National Trust, The English Garden, 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers, The Travel Agent and last year The Chefs of England.

About English Tourism Week 
English Tourism Week is led by the national tourist board, VisitEngland, and is an industry-wide initiative designed to shine a light on the importance of tourism in England. The industry as whole is worth £106 billion to the UK economy and supports 2.6 million jobs. Hundreds of tourism organisations and businesses will be putting on events to celebrate English Tourism Week this year. For more information about English Tourism Week which takes place between 5 – 13 March 2016, see www.englishtourismweek.co.uk

For more information about VisitEngland or the Awards please contact: Jenia Jeroh, Corporate Communications Manager on jenia.jeroh@visitengland.org | W: www.visitengland.com/biz

For further media information on tourism in Leicester and Leicestershire, please contact: Simon Gribbon, Head of Communications at Leicester Shire Promotions

E: simon.gribbon@l-p-l.com

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