Tourism Awards for York
5:48am 23rd April 2010
York's top tourism attractions came together last night to celebrate the reasons we attract so many visitors. The tourism awards are into their 12th year and took place at the Railway Museum.
The evening was hosted by writer and broadcaster Gervase Phinn. After sifting through hundreds of entries, a panel of independent judges whittled the hopeful businesses down to fourteen deserving winners.
The highly prized title of Ambassador went to Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, for the role he plays both nationally and internationally in putting York on the map. Dr Sentamu has been in the city for just over fours years and been greatly involved with the local community, as well as taking up commitments overseas (recent trips to New Zealand, the Ivory Coast and Finland) and in other parts of the UK (he made visits around the North of England recently to support flood victims in Cumbria). Visitors to York have met the Archbishop offering open-air baptisms and he recently met with visitors in the city to say prayers on Ash Wednesday. John Yeomans, said, ‘The Archbishop has contributed greatly to raising the profile of the city and we’re delighted he has accepted this award in recognition of the work he does both in York and across the globe.’
John continued, ‘We know that the last twelve months have continued to present difficult times for many businesses. It’s more important than ever to provide recognition for the work going on here in York to welcome the city’s seven million annual visitors. The care that businesses take in providing first class products and services will help Visit York to ensure the city’s tourism economy goes from strength to strength.’
Best Hotel - The Feversham Arms Hotel & Spa, Helmsley
Best Guest Accommodation - Low Penhowe, Burythorpe, Malton
Best Self Catering or Caravan Park - Dovecote Barns, Kellfield
Best Conference Venue – The National Railway Museum
Taste of York – - The Black Swan at Oldstead, Coxwold
Best Visitor Attraction (under 50,000 visitors) - The Ice Factor
Best Visitor Attraction (50,000 visitors & over) - York Maze
Best Visitor Experience – the Ebor Festival – York Racecourse
Best Marketing Campaign – Joint Winners - North Yorkshire Moors Railway and York Castle Museum Prison (by York Museums Trust
Best Employer - York Marriott Hotel
Outstanding Customer Service Award - Anna Hendry-Smith, Hotel Chocolat
York Ambassador Award – Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
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