Richard III College Court and University arts centre celebrated at regional tourism awards

Gold awards at this year’s Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards have been presented to several organisations and projects that involve our University.

The Dig for Richard III and subsequent scientific investigation of his remains led to the creation of the King Richard III Visitor Centre, which has won in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category. The King Richard III Reinterment also won in the Tourism Experience category, and saw the contributions of many of University academics as well as Richard III Day hosted here on campus.

The University’s arts centre Attenborough Arts won the Access for All Tourism Award, which celebrates organisations that provide high value access for all visitors, particularly disabled people and those with access needs.

And a Highly Commended award for Business Tourism went to College Court, the University Conference Centre and Hotel.

Gold winners and Highly Commended finalists received their awards at the ceremony on 5 November 2015, hosted by Leicester Shire Promotions and held at Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel. Winners on the night will now be re-judged for the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016.

The Excellence in Tourism Awards are part of this autumn’s inaugural Leicester Business Festival (LBF). 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

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