Record number of applications for Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2018

Leicestershire Promotions has received a record number of applications for this year’s Leicestershire Tourism & Hospitality Awards. Now in its 8th year, the awards are aimed at finding the best tourism businesses in Leicestershire and this year, around 100 businesses have submitted over 190 applications for the various categories.

There are 25 categories in the 2018 awards including several new categories - Best Cocktail; Best Customer Service; Innovation in Marketing; Best Night Out; Best Shopping Experience; and Best Outdoor Experience.

Shortlisted businesses will now be independently judged and the selected finalists will be announced in early November 2018, ahead of the awards ceremony will be held at Athena in Leicester on 29 November 2018. Tables at the ceremony can be booked at www.goleicestershire.com/awards

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicestershire Promotions said: “The level of interest in this year’s awards is astonishing. All of the businesses involved provide high quality tourism and hospitality-related services for visitors to Leicestershire and we look forward to seeing which ones will make it through to the list of finalists, with the winners to be confirmed at November’s ceremony.”

This year’s categories include:

Theme: Great Place to Stay
• Most Enjoyable Stay - Self Catering
• Most Enjoyable Stay - Guest House/Hotel
• Innovative Business Tourism Partner

Theme: Proud of our People
• Best Customer Service – new for 2018
• Best Team
• Inspiring Manager
• Rising Star
• Innovation in Marketing - new for 2018
• Best Local Food & Drink Producer

Theme: Great Place to Eat & Drink
• Best Casual Dining Experience
• Best Local Food/Farm Shop
• Best Afternoon Tea
• Best Pub Experience
• Best Cocktail – new for 2018
• Best Formal Dining Experience
• Best Leicestershire Breakfast

Theme: Fabulous Things to Do
• Favourite Festival or Event – Paid
• Favourite Festival or Event – Free
• Great Day Out – Paid
• Great Day Out – Free
• Best Night Out – new for 2018
• Best Shopping Experience – new for 2018
• Best Town or Village
• Best Outdoor Experience – new for 2018

Everards, Pear Communications, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council have been confirmed as corporate supporters of this year’s Awards. Regular updates will be posted on the @l_p_l Twitter page, using the #THAwards18 hashtag.