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Alberto Costa MP Shows support for tourism in South Leicestershire

Alberto CostaVisit to Leicester Marriott Hotel on 11 March 2016 forms part of English Tourism Week celebrations

A local MP helped to celebrate the tourism industry in South Leicestershire on 11 March as part of English Tourism Week 2016.

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire visited the Leicester Marriott Hotel for a briefing with representatives from local tourism businesses including Leicester Marriott Hotel, Everards Brewery, Hilton Leicester, Badgers Mount Hotel and Bruntingthorpe Events. The visit was part of English Tourism Week from 5-13 March 2016, a week-long national celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experience, and the value of the local and English tourism industry.

Tourism is the third largest employer in England and locally, is one of the fastest-growing industries in Leicester and Leicestershire. Last year alone, the value of tourism to Leicester and Leicestershire grew for the sixth consecutive year to reach a record high of £1.571 billion, a six per cent rise on the previous year and a total increase of over 20 per cent over the last five years. Over 30 million tourists visited Leicester and Leicestershire and the industry employs over 20,700 jobs in the city and county.

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire said: “The tourism industry is of great importance locally and nationally, and I'm keen to support its growth as MP for South Leicestershire. We have a range of attractions and facilities across the constituency, which play a crucial role in the local sector and it's great to hear from some of those organisations today. I would encourage all to visit the website to see what options are available and to take advantage of the excellent offering we have across both the county and the city."

Sheena Williams, General Manager of Leicester Marriott commented: "Local tourism has a hugely positive impact on Leicestershire and the fact that it's growing in popularity as a destination is cause for celebration in itself. At Leicester Marriott Hotel we pride ourselves on prioritising the visitor experience, ensuring our guests have a stay to remember. We're delighted to welcome Mr Costa in celebration of ETW."

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions added: “Tourism is a vital sector for economic growth in Alberto’s constituency of South Leicestershire and for Leicester and Leicestershire as a whole. English Tourism Week is a great opportunity for MPs such as Alberto, along with tourism businesses, stakeholders, residents and most importantly, visitors, to showcase and celebrate all that’s great about local tourism.”