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University conference service accumulates awards

College Court CourtyardCollege Court and Leicester Conferences, the conference and events portfolio of venues at the University of Leicester, have received more recognition of excellence by winning ‘Hotel of the Year’ and ‘Most Inspiring Manager’ at Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards 2016.

The awards acknowledge the importance of the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions sector of the tourism industry which is worth in the region of £1b to Leicester.

At the sixth annual Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards, College Court was nominated as finalists in three categories – and won two of them.

College Court.
• WINNER ‘Hotel of the Year’
• WINNER ‘Most Inspiring Manager’ Steve Crawford, Centre Director
• Finalist – ‘Best Team’, College Court

Leicester Conferences
• Highly Commended for Business Tourism

It is not the first time that both venues have been recognised for quality at regional and national awards and have this year alone enjoyed wins at the national Venues of Excellence Chefs Competition for ‘Best main course’ and ‘Best wine service’ and also won ‘Professional Services’ at the 2016 Niche Business Awards and ‘Business Improvement Through Technology’ at the Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2016.

College Court and Leicester Conferences is one of the region’s leading business tourism providers – renowned for its commitment to excellence and customer service - offering high quality meeting and event venues and accommodation. Its award winning portfolio includes College Court, Stamford Court, Oadby Conference Centres and the City Hub at the University of Leicester.

Steve Crawford, Centre Director at College Court said: ‘’Both College Court and Leicester Conferences are delighted to be recognised in being successful in three different categories at this year’s Tourism Awards. We were equally pleased being a finalist in the category for best team and look forward to building on the strong foundation we have already built. It is so much easier to be an "Inspiring Manager" when you work with a great team who are professional and committed to providing first class service every day and fun and inspiring themselves.’’

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions said: “We had an unprecedented response in terms of applications for this year's awards. The quantity and quality of applications provided a real challenge for the judges and the selected finalists show that we really have a tourism industry of which we can be proud of in Leicester and Leicestershire.”