Three Leicestershire tourism businesses among winners at VisitEngland awards

Three Leicestershire tourism businesses are celebrating after picking up awards at the VisitEngland national Awards for Excellence 2020. Now in its 31st year, the Awards for Excellence aims to celebrate and champion innovation, quality and best practice across the industry recognising businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer. This year’s 19 winners were announced last night during a virtual awards event hosted by Julia Bradbury from ‘The Outdoor Guide’.

Categories included Experience of the Year, Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year, Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award, Taste of England and New Tourism Business.

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It will give you regular email updates on the latest from restaurants and bars in Leicestershire. Our newsletter has been timed to coincide with businesses starting to reopen – as well as to describe delivery and takeaway offers. Click here to sign up! The winners were selected from hundreds of tourism businesses across England including hotels, self-catering accommodation, B&Bs, glamping operators, attractions, restaurants, pubs, museums and conference centres.

Leicestershire winners were Michelin-starred restaurant John’s House, at Mountsorrel, which picked up a silver award in the Taste of England category, and College Court Conference Centre and Hotel, Leicester, which won silver in the Business Events Venue of the Year category. Eye Kettleby Lakes, near Melton, was awarded silver in the Camping, Glamping and Holidays Park of the year category. The three venues were nominated by tourism specialists, Leicestershire Promotions, following their own regional awards last November.

VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe said: “These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding businesses and individuals in tourism across England who have delivered excellence. “From a world-class boutique B&B in Devon to adventure-packed experiences in Somerset, from an accessible country park and national nature reserve in Dorset to a bespoke English wine tour in Kent, our award winners provide stand-out experiences of the highest calibre. “Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and this year’s awards are also a timely reminder of the determination, innovation and commitment of businesses across the country who have been working extremely hard to reopen, to welcome visitors back safely and to continue to provide a first-class experience.”

Tourism minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Not only does our tourism industry offer incredible experiences to those who holiday here, it supports millions of jobs up and down the country. “I’m delighted to see so many great establishments, from major Lincolnshire attractions to boutique Yorkshire hotels, being celebrated. “This important sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus and we have helped with an unprecedented package of measures including the job retention scheme, a years’ business rates holiday and most recently a GBP4 billion reduction in VAT benefiting the sector.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners and businesses around England who are doing an outstanding job in showcasing the best in tourism.

“I encourage everyone to get out, enjoy summer safely, and experience everything England has to offer.”

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