Looking for the best tourism businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire

Local tourism businesses will get a chance to prove that they are the best in the industry at the Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards 2015.

The fifth annual awards are hosted by Leicester Shire Promotions, will take place on Thursday 5 November 2015 and are part of the Leicester Business Festival 2015.

Winners on the night will then be re-judged for the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016. In the 2015 VisitEngland awards, four local businesses made it through to the finals including Gold Award winner, Hotel Maiyango, as well as The Dandelion Hideaway, The Exchange and the National Space Centre. The closing date for applications for the Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards is Wednesday 30 September.

To request an application form or to register your interest in attending a workshop on how to effectively complete your application, please contact Beth Farrell on 0116 225 4009 or email beth.farrell@l-p-l.com

The categories for the awards are:

• Access for All
• Business Tourism
• Bed and Breakfast
• Holiday Park
• Large Hotel of the Year
• Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
• Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
• Small Hotel of the Year
• Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
• Sustainable Tourism
• Taste of England
• Tourism Event of the Year
• Tourism Experience of the Year
• Tourism Pub of the Year


Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions added: “The awards celebrate the outstanding quality of our tourism businesses throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. We were delighted that so many of our local winners made it through to the national finals earlier this year and would love to build on that success with the winners of this year’s awards in Leicester and Leicestershire.”

This autumn’s inaugural Leicester Business Festival (LBF) runs from 26 October to 6 November 2015 and was instigated by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), a business-led partnership between the public and private sector looking to drive economic growth across the region. For more details, visit http://leicesterbusinessfestival.com

Corin Crane, LLEP Director and Leicester Business Festival Steering Group member said: "The Leicester Business Festival is going to be a nationally important two week celebration of all that is unique about our city and county.

"Tourism and hospitality is one of the LLEP's key growth sectors and it makes a significant contribution to the sub-regional economy. We're delighted that the Excellence in Tourism Awards is part of our Leicester Business Festival and this is a real opportunity to celebrate local tourism and get word out there, across the UK and around the world, that we are not only open for business but a fantastic place to come and to make it happen."

Last updated September 2015