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The cream of York's tourism sector are celebrating


6:14am 7th April 2011
(Updated 6:22pm 7th April 2011)

The cream of York's tourism sector will be celebrating today after winners in Visit York's annual tourism awards were announced at a black tie awards ceremony held at York Racecourse last night.

Winning a prestigious Tourism Award is highly regarded by Visit York's tourism members and these awards are the highlight of the year for the city's tourism industry. 

A record four hundred and fifty tourism businesses attended.

Now in their 14th year York's tourism 'Oscars' recognise excellence in the city's tourism sector. The event, celebrated individuals and companies who offer that extra special service and experience for their visitors.

The highly prized title of York Tourism Ambassador, currently held by Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, was passed on to Ivan Martin and the Association of Voluntary Guides for their commitment to showcasing York to over 700,000 visitors over sixty years. 

Celebrating too was Tom Pearcy owner of the York Maze, which scooped the new People's Choice Award. 

Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York said:

 'We're thrilled that the Tourism Ambassador title has gone to Ivan Martin and the Association of Voluntary Guides. 

'York has an army of brilliant tourism volunteers who do the city proud and we're particularly delighted to be awarding this honour in the sixtieth anniversary year of the Association.

My congratulations also go to all our winners for the excellent job they do in ensuring York's continued tourism success.'

The winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards 2011 are as follows:

Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Yorkshire Laundry Services Ltd:

The Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa     

Tracy Gee spoke to Louise and Marie from there:

Highly Commended
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Guest Accommodation of the Year, sponsored by NVG:

Low Penhowe

Highly Commended
Carlton House

Self Catering/Caravan Park of the Year:
The Riverside York

Pub of the Year, sponsored by Deans Computer Services

Joint Winners
The Black Swan Inn & House of the Trembling Madness

Tracy spoke to Heather, Louise and Ian from House of Trembling madness:

Taste of York Award, sponsored by Morrell Middleton

Melton's Restaurant

Tracy spoke to Michael from the restaurant:

York & Scarborough Business Tourism Award, sponsored by Saville Audio Visual

Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar

Tracy spoke to Diana from there:

Visitor Attraction of the Year (under 50,000 visitors), sponsored by Continuum

Yorkshire Lavender

Highly Commended
Complete Yorkshire

Visitor Attraction of the Year (50,000 visitors and over), sponsored by FR Fowler and Son

Yorkshire Museum

Highly Commended

York Racecourse 2010 Race Season

Outstanding Customer Service Award, sponsored by Pindar Plc

Hotel Chocolat

Employee of the Year, sponsored by welcometraining.com

James Borrow, Xing Smoothies

Marketing Campaign, Sponsored by Leeds Bradford International Airport

York Theatre Royal, for the Wind in the Willows

My York Favourite  - the People's Choice Award

York Maze

Tracy spoke to Tom - the maze man.

Tourism Ambassador, sponsored by Ware & Kay

Ivan Martin and the Association of Voluntary Guides 

Tracy spoke to Ivan.


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