VisitEngland has announced the finalists who will go forward to compete for the tourism industry’s prestigious national Awards for Excellence – including York’s very own Grays Court Hotel.
Grays Court were previously announced as winners in the Visit York Tourism Awards and the White Rose Awards for ‘Small Hotel of the Year’ fighting off competition from hotels across York and Yorkshire. Mystery shopper feedback for the hotel included praise for the overall ‘amazing experience’, the superb ‘cleanliness and attention to detail’ and ‘great food and great service’.
The national Visit England Awards for Excellence champion the very best of the country’s tourism industry celebrating quality, innovation and best practice. Winners will be announced at on online virtual event on Monday, August 17.
With 53 finalists competing in 15 core categories, Grays Court will be flying the flag for York – going up against Cary Arms & Spa in Devon and Seaham Hall County in Durham for the prestigious title of ‘Small Hotel of the Year’.
Applications were put forward for national judging from businesses across England including hotels, self-catering accommodation providers, B&Bs, glamping operators, attractions, restaurants, pubs, museums, and conference centres.
Helen Heraty, owner of Grays Court Hotel, said: “We are so thrilled to be selected as finalists for the national Visit England Awards for Excellence. We pride ourselves on service being at heart of everything we do here at the hotel and it is fabulous to be recognised in this way.
“The team work so hard to ensure our visitors have an exceptional experience and this is just fantastic news. We are very proud to be representing York on a national level and can’t wait for the awards ceremony in August.”
Sean Bullick, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “It is fantastic news that Grays Court have been selected as finalists in these prestigious awards. Grays Court were hugely worthy winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards earlier this year and we congratulate the whole team on this well-deserved recognition. We wish them the very best of luck!”
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive James Mason said: “Congratulations to Grays Court York for this week, not only being announced as finalists in the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards, to be held later this year, but also revealed as finalists in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020.
“Good luck to this wonderful boutique hotel set in the most fantastic of locations, overlooked by the magnificent York Minster, and to the other Yorkshire finalists too at the August event. There’s much to shout about across the county, with outstanding world-class accommodation and attractions.
“It’s important during such tricky times, as a result of COVID-19, to celebrate and promote the fantastic Yorkshire venues which contribute to tourism in the county being worth £9bn to the Yorkshire economy and employing almost 225,000 people. Go York! Go Yorkshire!”