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Alberto Costa MP shows support for tourism in South Leicestershire

31 March 2017

Celebrates English Tourism Week with visit to Hilton Leicester Hotel on 31 March 2017 and discussion with local tourism businesses

Positive outlook for Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Industry

27 February 2017

Leicester Shire Promotions updates local tourism businesses at annual Tourism Forum at Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa on 23 February 2017

Local businesses gather for 2017 Leicestershire Tourism Forum

19 January 2017

Annual event to be held at Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa on 23 February 2017

Charnwood Forest needs you

9 January 2017

The Regional Park Partnership is developing a Landscape Partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £3 million to restore and celebrate Charnwood Forest in north Leicestershire

East Midlands achieves record inbound visitor numbers

23 November 2016

Leicester, Leicestershire and their East Midlands neighbours are proving to be a tourism hotspot as new national figures reveal a record-breaking quarter for inbound visits to the region.

Move to boost £1.6bn tourist trade

9 November 2016

Councils are set to join forces to boost tourism in Leicester and Leicestershire, which is currently worth £1.6 billion per year

Blue Plaque for Davey Blue Plague for Davey Graham's Birthplace

31 October 2016

Town) is to be commemorated with a Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council blue plaque on Saturday 26 November, at the place of his birth: Bosworth Park Infirmary (now Bosworth Hall - a Britannia Hotel in Market Bosworth).

City rolls out blue carpet for Porto fans

22 September 2016

Fans arriving for Leicester City’s first-ever home game in the UEFA Champions League are to be welcomed in style next Tuesday (27 September).

Boost your business

31 August 2016

Budding business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to tap into Leicestershire’s tourism trade

Jewry Wall Museum set for £1m revamp

31 August 2016

Investment of more than £1m is due to be approved in order to revamp the site of Leicester’s finest Roman remains at Jewry Wall Museum.

Signs point to improved experience for city visitors

17 August 2016

People visiting Leicester next year will find it much easier to explore the city and its attractions, thanks to a brand new system of on-street maps and signs.

Highest value ever for tourism ever for Leicester and Leicestershire in 2015

10 August 2016

Leicester Shire Promotions has announced that the value of tourism to Leicester and Leicestershire has grown for the seventh consecutive year to reach a record high of £1.675 billion. This is a 6.6 per cent rise on the previous year and a total increase of over 20 per cent since 2012.

New Initiative to promote tourism in Harborough

30 June 2016

A new tourism website has been launched to promote Harborough to leisure and business visitors. Explore Harborough has been developed by Harborough District Council and Leicester Shire Promotions to grow the tourism economy in the Harborough district.

Heritage line could boost economy by £65m

9 June 2016

Plans to extend the Great Central Railway could boost Charnwood’s economy by up to £65 million per year, it has been revealed.

Travel interest to Leicester jumps by 277% ahead of Saturday’s game

6 May 2016

Hotel searches to Leicester on trivago.co.uk have jumped by 277 per cent following Leicester’s draw against Manchester United on Sunday 1st May and Tottenham’s draw against Chelsea on Monday 2nd May, which confirmed Leicester as winners of the 2015-16 Premier League.

New £13.5m Haymarket Bus Station opens this weekend

5 May 2016

Leicester’s revamped Haymarket bus station will open to the public this weekend following its £13.5milllion redevelopment.

Leicester Shire Promotions achieves social return on investment of almost 10:1

1 April 2016

Independent research commissioned by the tourism body for Leicester and Leicestershire, Leicester Shire Promotions has shown that the company's activities have achieved an estimated social return on investment of ?9.83 for each ?1 of public sector funding invested.

New guide offers ideas to help plan a great day out in Leicester and Leicestershire

22 March 2016

Visitors can plan a great day in Leicester and Leicestershire with the help of a new guide. The new Great Days Out 2016 guide has been launched to provide tips and recommendations for inspiring days out in the city and county this year.

Breaking records for short break booking in Leicester and Leicestershire

17 March 2016

January 2016 bookings for Stay Play Explore family breaks more than double last year

Andrew Bridgen MP Shows Support For Tourism in North West Leicestershire

7 March 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.

Improvements to be made at Jewry Wall Museum

7 March 2016

The archaeologist who led the project to discover King Richard III’s remains will be leading investigations in a project to improve Leicester’s finest Roman site.

Heritage panels celebrate city's historic villages

29 February 2016

Leicester's historic villages are to be celebrated in a new series of heritage information panels. The new panels will tell the stories behind six of the city’s oldest villages: Aylestone, Belgrave, Braunstone, Evington, Humberstone and Knighton

Free Wi-fi set to be introduced in the city

8 February 2016

Leicester City Council is joining forces with BT to provide free wi-fi across some of the most popular areas of the city centre.

What's new in 2016 for visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire

1 December 2015

Highlights include Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and King Richard III, undiscovered Capability Brown gardens, Michelin starred restaurants and the UK’s largest cheese fair

New boundary signs celebrate city’s historic past

19 November 2015

Work is now under way to install brand new welcome signs at the major gateways into Leicester. The new boundary signs – designed to celebrate the city’s historic past and connections with King Richard III – feature iconic Leicester landmarks and a greeting that reads: ‘Welcome to Leicester, Historic City’

New proposals to transform historic Leicester Market

18 September 2015

LEICESTER’s outdoor market could be set for a stunning transformation if new proposals are given the go-ahead.

Plans to be drawn up for Golden Mile revamp

14 September 2015

RESIDENTS and businesses will be asked to contribute to the development of proposals for improvements to Leicester’s Golden Mile.

New spa for Hinckley Island Hotel

21 August 2015

New spa designed by the experts for Hinckley Island hotel

New Leicestershire Quality Charter launched for local tourism businesses

12 March 2015

Charnwood Museum one of the first to sign up to demonstrate commitment to quality for visitors