Fourteen of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated a win in the first ever virtual Visit York Tourism Awards night.
Winners were announced on the Visit York social media channels and via a special live broadcast on Minster FM, compered by breakfast show hosts Ben Fry and Laura Castle.
The awards, sponsored by LNER, celebrate the very best of York’s shops, pubs, hotels, restaurants, attractions and more – rewarding quality, innovation and customer service. Across many of the categories the winners will also have the honour of going forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence which are also being held virtually later in the year.
New categories introduced for this year included “Event of the Year” which was scooped by York Maze Hallowscream, the “Taste of York Award” won by Roots York, and “Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award”, which was picked up on the night by the JORVIK Group of Attractions.
Other winners for the night included The Grand, York who were crowned “Large Hotel of the Year”, Grays Court Hotel for “Small Hotel of the Year” and Castle Howard for “Large Visitor Attraction of the Year”. The title of “Pub of the Year”’ went to The Drovers Arm Country Pub & Restaurant and “Shop of the Year” to York Gin. A full list of winners can be found here .
The awards went ahead with the support of 14 local and national businesses who sponsored the event and announced the winners on air during the broadcast.
Sean Bullick, managing director at Make It York, said: “We are immensely proud of all the hard work that has gone on in York’s tourism industry over the last year and these awards are a way to really recognise the businesses and individuals who ensure visitors get the very best experiences in the city.
“Now, more than ever, it’s important for us to come together and celebrate the achievements of the industry – and so we were delighted to be able to put together this virtual awards ‘ceremony’ with the help of Minster FM to ensure businesses still get the recognition they deserve. A huge well done to all finalists – and congratulations and good luck to all our winners who will now be going forward to the VisitEngland Excellence awards later in the year.”
Suzanne Donnelly, commercial director, LNER, said: “LNER are very proud to continue our support for these awards which really showcase all the brilliant work that has taken place in York’s tourism industry over the last twelve months. A huge well done to all the finalists and congratulations to tonight’s winners for their wonderful achievements.”
Bridget Meynell, managing director of Minster FM said: “Minster FM was delighted to be able to utilise our platforms to ensure a ‘virtual’ award ceremony happened in these unprecedented times.
“The live show was even more accessible, as everyone in the city and beyond had the chance to celebrate with the York tourism businesses that work so hard to make our beautiful city so welcoming. We are all looking forward to continuing to support them to do so in the future.”