York’s top attractions take tourism ‘Oscars’

York Tourism Ambassador Roger Lee receives his award from Kate McMullen
York Tourism Ambassador Roger Lee receives his award from Kate McMullen
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YORK’S tourism ‘Oscars’ were handed out last night to the city’s best hospitality businesses.

The Visit York annual tourism awards, now in their 18th year, celebrate people and companies who go the extra mile for the city’s lucrative tourism sector. More than 500 businesses attended the event, in the Grand Station Hall of the National Railway Museum.

Some of the winners at last night's event

Some of the winners at last night's event

York Maze scooped a hat-trick of awards, including a new category, Best Family Friendly Experience, which was voted for by the public. The maze was also named Best Visitor Attraction (over 50,000 visits) and Visitor Experience of the Year for its Halloween event.

Bishops Guest House was named B&B of the Year, York Racecourse was Best Conference Venue and Middlethorpe Hall and Spa was Restaurant of the Year.

Kate McMullen, head of consumer products and marketing at Make It York said: “For our tourism sector to be successful York needs exceptional people, as well as exceptional businesses and this is what these tourism awards celebrate. We’re delighted the standard of entries was higher than ever and congratulate all of our deserving winners and finalists.”

WINNERS IN FULL

Bed & Breakfast of the Year – Bishops Guest House

Café/Tearoom of the Year – Winner - El Piano

Caravan Park of the Year – Robin Hood Caravan Park

Conference Venue of the Year York Racecourse

Family Friendly Experience of the Year York Maze

Hotel of the Year The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

Outstanding Customer Service Award Hilton Hotel, York - Donna Pryce

Pub/Bar of the Year The Blue Boar

Restaurant of the Year Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Self-Catering Venue of the Year The Dovecote Barns

Shopping Experience of the Year Love Cheese

Visitor Attraction of the Year (Over 50,000 Visitors) York Maze

Visitor Attraction of the Year (Under 50,000 Visitors) Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Visitor Experience of the Year York Maze – HallowScream

York Tourism Ambassador - Roger Lee, Director of Time and Place Catering, Bedern Hall and Chairman of the York Festival Trust