Leeds Hotels And Venues Association Keep It Local For 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony

Leeds Hotels and Venues Association (LHVA) have joined forces with local businesses to ensure a spectacular event at the association’s 10th Anniversary Awards evening. The highly anticipated awards ceremony will take place at The Queens Hotel on Thursday 29 June with over 250 guests expected to attend.

The awards, which include headline sponsorship from Leeds BID and gold sponsorship from Trinity Leeds along with support from Conference Leeds, the Conference and Hospitality Show and Virgin Trains East Coast, will be aligned to The Queens Hotel’s 80th Anniversary of the landmark hotels’ opening. Leeds-based iCO Event Services and styling company Dreamz 2 Themez have worked closely with LHVA and The Queens to create a 1930’s inspired setting which will complement the 1930’s themed dinner and exclusively designed menu, inspired by the original opening menu served to guests 80 years ago.

The LHVA Awards are a seminal celebration of Leeds hotels and venues staff and have previously seen winners go on to be nominated for national awards including the The Caterer’s Hotel Cateys – an award ceremony likened to the Oscars of the hospitality sector.

The nine award categories this year include a newly created award for apprentices in the industry. The Apprentice Award, created in partnership with Leeds City College and Leeds Beckett University, will recognise the valuable contribution apprentices make to individual businesses and the wider hospitality industry in Leeds. Whether the apprentice has had a positive impact on the company or has gone against the odds to achieve their objectives, this new award will allow employers to recognise their hard work.

Gordon Jackson, Chairman of LHVA and General Manager of Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa comments:

“The awards are such an important part of the association and this year is made even more special with not one but two anniversaries coinciding, so we are incredibly excited to welcome members, judges and sponsors to be a part of our celebration. The hospitality industry is integral to Leeds growing tourism sector and the awards are a chance for us to formally acknowledge this. We hope that by recognising the apprentices and rising stars in our hotels and venues, more young people will consider hospitality as a fantastic career choice.”

The LHVA is the trade body for the hospitality sector in Leeds, with 32 members, representing in excess of 5,000 bedrooms, 3,000 staff and £140m in joint turnover. Hospitality is a major UK employer, the 4th largest industry sector with 2.7 million people employed in hospitality and tourism, 10% of the UK’s workforce.