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Published on : Tuesday, February 9, 2016
VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2016 with University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre named as a finalist. The winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at the Award ceremony on Tuesday 8 March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, during English Tourism Week.
Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence inspire and motivate businesses to become outstanding leaders in the industry. Attenborough Arts Centre, was announced as a finalist which represents one of the top five in the Access for All category in England. All finalists will receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award Access for All must wait until the Awards ceremony to discover which award they will receive.
“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England,” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland. “We received over 400 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt those shortlisted are representatives of the best in the industry who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors in England at the heart of their business operations. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck on Awards night at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.”
Speaking on behalf of University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre, Director, Michaela Butter MBE said: “Attenborough Arts Centre is delighted to have been selected for VisitEngland’s awards in recognition of our pioneering work in widening access to the arts. This award recognises the potential of our fantastic new gallery spaces to enhance the tourist experience in Leicester, allowing those with disabled friends and family members to actively engage in our activities. We know that our former patron Lord Attenborough would have been so proud and delighted that we have been nominated, and our new patron, his son Michael Attenborough will be ecstatic!”