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Andrew Bridgen MP Shows Support For Tourism in North West Leicestershire

Visit to Ashby Tourist Information Centre on 5 March 2016 forms part of English Tourism Week celebrations.

English Tourism Week

A local MP has helped to celebrate the tourism industry in North West Leicestershire on 5 March as part of English Tourism Week 2016.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire visited the Ashby Tourist Information Centre as 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.

To celebrate English Tourism Week, Ashby de la Zouch Tourist Information Centre was also holding a FREE prize draw. Andrew Bridgen drew the winners when he visited Ashby TIC. Prizes are tourism related and consisted of:

• a family ticket to Conkers
• a boat trip on the Ashby Canal at Moira Furnace
• two tickets to Donington le Heath Manor House
• pair of tickets to Ashby Venture Theatre
• afternoon tea for two at The Rose Cottage Tea Rooms in Ashby de la Zouch
• afternoon tea voucher from Cattows Farm Tearooms

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.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire said: “Tourism is a hugely important part of the local economy and I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Ashby Tourist Information Centre and to meet the excellent staff who assist the many tourists who come to North West Leicestershire.”

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “There is always something to do and somewhere to go in North West Leicestershire. If it’s an outdoor adventure you want then look no further than the outdoor adventure park, Conkers. If a good film is more your cup of tea then The Century Theatre in Coalville might be right up your alley. Fancy something with a bit more of a historical bite? The Ashby Civic Society is putting on a Dressing Richard III event. So no matter your taste, budget or means of transport, there is always something to do in the district.

“For a full programme on what’s going on in your area visit or alternatively you can pop into the Ashby Tourist Information Centre on North Street or follow its Twitter account @Somewhere_Nice.”

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