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Awards for Leicester and Leicestershire finalists in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence

Local tourism businesses, venues and experiences competed for national awards at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016 last night at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Attenborough Arts Centre, The Dandelion Hideaway and King Richard III Partnership represented Leicester and Leicestershire and all won awards amongst the country’s elite tourism offers.

The Leicester and Leicestershire finalists won:

• Attenborough Arts Centre – Highly Commended in Access for All category

• The Dandelion Hideaway – Highly Commended in Self Catering Holiday Provider category

• King Richard III Partnership – Bronze Award in Tourism Experience category

The King Richard lll Partnership is made up of Leicester City Council, Leicester Cathedral, Leicestershire County Council, King Richard III Visitor Centre and the University of Leicester. It was nominated for the reinterment of King Richard lll, which took place in March 2015. The Dandelion Hideaway is a luxury glamping site, based on a beautiful working farm in Osbaston, Leicestershire. The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre is a pioneering and inclusive arts centre.

The three city and county finalists were re-judged by VisitEngland and announced as national finalists following Gold award wins at the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism in Excellence Awards in November 2015, hosted by Leicester Shire Promotions.

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions added: “We’re proud that three local organisations made the finals of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence Awards. To compete and win a range of awards against the country’s premier tourism businesses demonstrates the quality and breadth of the Leicester and Leicestershire tourism industry offer.”

Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence – this year hosted at the magnificent Winter Gardens Blackpool – celebrate English tourism champions. These awards are the highest accolade in the industry, recognising the world-class tourism experiences that can be found throughout England. As ever competition has been fierce, with winners from the regions coming through to compete at a national level so my congratulations to all our winners, especially the Gold Award winners who are the standard bearers for English tourism.”

Tourism Minister David Evennett said: “The success of our world-leading tourism industry is due to the passion and dedication of individuals across the country. These awards highlight the huge talent we have, and the fantastic contribution winners and nominees have made to the sector, and I congratulate them all.”