Several businesses in the Harborough area scooped prizes at the fifth annual Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards – which were held at Leicester’s Grand Hotel last Thursday.
The Kilworth House Hotel was highly commended, as was the Ullesthorpe Court Hotel and Golf Club, in the accommodation provider of the year category, which was won by Leicester’s Grand Hotel.
The Foxton Locks Festival was highly commended in the tourism event of the year, a category won by the Melton Mowbray Victorian Fayre.
Elsewhere, Foxton Locks was recognised again as the Boiler House – a museum at the locks which tells the story of the site’s history – was highly commended in the small visitor attraction of the year category.
The awards event saw a number of prizes given to the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, which opened last year following the discovery of the former monarch’s skeleton beneath a car park in the city.
The winners on the night will now be re-judged for the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016.
Martin Peters, chief executive of Leicestershire Promotions, said: “This year’s finalists, highly commended and gold award winners showcase the strength of Leicester and Leicestershire’s offering as a nationally recognised destination for domestic and international visitors.
“We’re proud of all of these local businesses, organisations and experiences, and will be supporting them as they aim for national glory in the VisitEngland awards.”
James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, added: “This year’s finalists are fantastic examples of local businesses that are creating memorable experiences for visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire.”
The Excellence in Tourism Awards are part of this autumn’s inaugural Leicester Business Festival (LBF). LBF ran from October 26 to November 6.