Finalists Revealed for York Tourism Awards

Published on : Thursday, March 20, 2014

visityork-300x136Damian Cruden, Artistic Director at York Theatre Royal, helped announce the winners today. Current holder of the Tourism Ambassador title; awarded each year to an individual who consistently goes out of his or her way to ‘fly the flag’ for tourism in York,


Damian was given the prestigious title in recognition of his commitment to bringing York stories to life, helping to put the city on an international stage. The winner of this year’s Tourism Ambassador title will be kept a closely guarded secret until the evening of the Awards on 8th May.


Kate McMullen, Head of Visit York, said ‘The Visit York Tourism Awards are a great opportunity for York’s tourism businesses to showcase the high standards being achieved in our world-class city. In a growing global tourism market, it’s vitally important we recognise and acknowledge excellence to ensure York retains its competitive edge.’


New this year is a public vote to decide on ‘York’s Best B&B’. For the first time, Visit York has launched an online campaign to encourage York fans who have stayed in the city to vote for their favourite guesthouse. A nationwide Twitter and Facebook campaign will encourage nominations and at or using the hashtag #faveyorkbnb up until midnight on 24th March. Finalists for the bed and breakfast category will then be revealed on 31st March, when public voting for the winner will commence.


A Black Tie Awards ceremony announcing all fourteen tourism awards winners will be held on Thursday 8th May in the nostalgic and unique setting of Station Hall at the National Railway Museum. Winners will have the opportunity to then go forward to the regional White Rose Awards and national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. Sponsors signed up to support the Awards are: Saville AV, FR Fowler and Son, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Morrell Middleton and P&O Ferries.
And the Finalists are:

Visit York Tourism Awards 2014
Visitor Attraction of the Year – under 50,000 visitors
Goddards – National Trust
Quilt Museum and Gallery
York Cold War Bunker
York MotorSports Village
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland


Visitor Attraction of the Year – over 50,000 visitors
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Castle Howard
National Railway Museum
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
York Maze
York Racecourse


Visitor Experience of the Year
JORVIK Viking Festival
Mallard75, National Railway Museum
York Cycle Tour – Scoot Cycling Holidays
Hallowscream – York Maze


Shopping Experience of the Year
Monk Bar Model Shop
Pandora York
York’s CHOCOLATE Story
York Cocoa House
York Does Vintage – Now and Then Group


Conference Venue of the Year
The Merchant Taylors Hall
National Railway Museum
Novotel York
York Conferences
York Racecourse
Hotel of the Year
Best Western York Pavilion Country House Hotel
The National Trust’s Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Novotel York
The Parsonage Hotel & Spa
Raithwaite Hall


Caravan Park of the Year
Cawood Holiday Park
Naburn Lock Caravan Park
Robin Hood Caravan Park


Self Catering of the Year
The Dovecote Barns
High Dalby House Cottages
The Old Brewery
Old Gallery & Chamber Apartments
The Riverside – York
Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges & Shepherd Hut


Outstanding Customer Service Award
Greg Palmer – Best Western Monkbar Hotel
Marcus Naylor – The Golden Fleece
Sandra & David Wreglesworth – High Dalby House & Cottages
Jade Kelly – Holiday Inn York
Rebecca & Damian Palmer-Bunting – Robin Hood Caravan Park
Jeanette Hutchinson – York Marriott Hotel
Restaurant of the Year

El Piano
Lascelles Restaurant at the Parsonage Hotel & Spa
The Oak Room at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
The Raj
The Whippet Inn Steak and Ale House


Cafe/Tearoom of the Year
Crumbs Cupcakery
El Piano
York Cocoa House
Pub/Bar of the Year
The Golden Fleece
Guy Fawkes Inn
House of the Trembling Madness
The Three Tuns
The Whippet Inn Steak and Ale House
Bed and Breakfast of the Year
Finalists to be announced 31 March


Tourism Ambassador
To be announced 8th May


Source:- Visit York

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