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A golden night for Leicester and Leicestershire in national tourism awards

It was a successful night for Leicester and Leicestershire tourism businesses as the winners of the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 were announced on Monday 11 May 2015 at the Sage Gateshead.

The Awards celebrate the best of English tourism and four local businesses made it through to the finals including Gold Award winner, Hotel Maiyango, The Dandelion Hideaway, The Exchange and National Space Centre.

The successful Leicester and Leicestershire finalists were:

• Hotel Maiyango, Leicester – Gold in Taste of England Award

• The Dandelion Hideaway, Market Bosworth – Bronze in Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

• National Space Centre, Leicester – Highly Commended in Business Tourism Award

• The Exchange, Leicester – Highly Commended in Tourism Pub of the Year

This year 75 finalists - 15 Gold winners, 15 Silver winners, 15 bronze winners and 30 highly commended - were selected from a total of 345 entries, representing tourism businesses across England. Winners were chosen by a panel of tourism industry experts and chaired by VisitEngland Board Member and Chief Executive of the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire, John Hoy.

Aatin Anadkat from Hotel Maiyango said: "We were thrilled to represent Leicester and Leicestershire at the VisitEngland national finals. To win such a high accolade in this prestigious awards ceremony is an amazing achievement for Maiyango and everyone involved. We have a great team working at the hotel and restaurant, and this Gold award is a fine reward for their efforts. A great night for all of our city and county finalists!"

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions said: "These awards for the four Leicester and Leicestershire national finalists are a resounding vote of confidence for the quality of our tourism product in the city and county. Working closely with our local tourism businesses, we are delivering an overall visitor experience that has firmly established Leicester and Leicestershire as a recognised UK tourism destination."

VisitEngland Chairman, Lady Cobham CBE, said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence - this year hosted at the wonderful Sage Gateshead - celebrate the very best in English tourism. It is the highest accolade and recognises the true champions of our industry, as well as the top quality visitor experiences we are fortunate to have on offer in England. The competition is of an increasingly high standard and so I offer my sincere congratulations to all our winners on this tremendous achievement, particularly the Gold Award winners for their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country.”

2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence - Gold Winners

Tourism Event of the Year Bournemouth Air Festival 2014

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell, Cornwall

Visitor Information Provider of the Year City of London Information Centre, London

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire

Small Hotel of the Year Brockencote Hall Hotel, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire

Business Tourism Award Woodland Grange Conference & Meeting Venue, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Taste of England Award Hotel Maiyango, Leicester, Leicestershire

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year Poston Mill Park, Hereford, Herefordshire

Tourism Pub of the Year The Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Tourism Experience of the Year Treetop Trek Ltd, Windermere, Cumbria

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year Colton House, Colton, Staffordshire

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year The World of James Herriot Ltd, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Large Hotel of the Year Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Matfen, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sustainable Tourism Award Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, Winkleigh, Devon

Access for All Tourism Award Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Tourism Superstar special award Matthew Henderson from Beamish Museum in County Durham

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism 2015 The Chefs of England

Images of the Leicester and Leicestershire finalists are available to download at

Last updated September 2015